2017 Holiday Gift Guides: Small Business Saturday

In honor of small business Saturday, our first gift guide is filled with products sold by small businesses. I have either worked with these business owners in the past, shop from their stores or simply love what they offer. There are no referral links added, no paid sponsored placements, I received no payments. I just wanted to show my support with my personal purchases and I hope you do that same today — and often! 

 
Happy shopping!

Gunner and Lux BFF Necklace use code JOYJOY to receive 20% of everything

Waiting on Martha Jingle Wine Glasses use code THANKS10 to receive 10% off everything, code THANKS15 for 15% off orders over $50, THANKS 20 for 20% off orders over $100, code THANKS25 for 25% off orders over $250 and THANKS30 for 30% off orders over $350

Waiting on Martha Toast Shaker  use code THANKS10 to receive 10% off everything, code THANKS15 for 15% off orders over $50, THANKS 20 for 20% off orders over $100, code THANKS25 for 25% off orders over $250 and THANKS30 for 30% off orders over $350

Furbish Needlepoint Pillow use code  HH17 to receive 20% off today

Tees and Thank You Barb & Nancy Sweatshirts  receive 15% off today

Nickel and Suede  Matte Gold Leather Earrings use code SAT20 to receive 20% off today

Blair Ritchey Petite Origami Envelope use code HOLIDAYS15 to receive 15% off

Sweet Peach Kids Scout Overalls use code THANKFUL to receive 25% off

Little Babe Design Rocking Around Baseball Tee use code BLACK to receive 15% off today

Little Juneberry Swiss Velvet Bow use code BLACKFRIDAY to receive 25% off today

Sparkle + Hide Confetti Bow use code SMALLBIZ to receive 35% off today

French Girl Organics Sea Soak sign up for their news letter and receive 10% off

Kendra Beshk Horseshoe Ring + Tag use code 15off for orders $15 off orders over $50, code 250ff for $25 off orders over $75 and 35off for $35 off orders over $100

 
 

Tips on Starting Your Home-Based Business

Have you ever wanted to start a business from the comfort of your own home? Thousands of Americans are starting this business model every year—it’s no longer a fantasy to be able to make a living from your house. Modern technology has taken away the need for brick-and-mortar offices.

If you’ve thought about opening a home-based business, you probably don’t know how to get started. That’s why I’ve created this guide of top tips to help you get your foot off the ground.

Look Up Local Legislation
Before you start your home-based business, you’ll need to make sure that you’re eligible to do so. Depending on where you live, some local governments have restrictions on what types of businesses can be run from the area. This is largely to prevent residential areas from becoming too commercial.

Some regions will require a certain business license if you are operating a business from your home. Others will make you pay local taxes to a run a business—it’s important to be aware of these. Head to your city’s business department website for more information about home-based business regulations.

Convert Your Garage Into An Office

Many people no longer use their garage space for their cars. Instead, modern garages have become storage and living spaces for many American families. Now, we even have cutting edge garage door openers that open up via smartphone apps. Turning your garage into an office can be a great way to save money and ensure you have enough space to run your business.

You should start by clearing the space, placing in new furniture, optimizing electricity, and installing Wi-Fi in the area. Consider hiring professionals for garage door repair to ensure your door is secured. Garages are also great if you run an online retail business and need a space to store products.

A garage as a home-based office guarantees that your business won’t get in the way of your family, and vice-versa.

Stop Procrastinating and Boost Your Productivity

Being productive is one of the hardest parts about owning a home-based business. Working from home can be distracting. Take a look at some of the tips below if you want to know how to be productive in a home-based work setup.

• Separate your office space – always keep your office separate from your living areas
• Set your daily schedule – make sure you have a work schedule that isn’t influenced by outside distractions
• Try aromatherapy – Royal Essence Candles have scents like cinnamon that promotes productivity and cognitive functioning
• Set your goals – set daily goals that need to be completed by end of day
• Set your boundaries – set boundaries with your family members, balance your time for work and family
• Take it seriously – you should take your home-based business as seriously as any other company you would work for

Create an Awesome Branding

As a business owner, you probably spend most your time worrying about the operations of your company. But building a brand is one of the most integral parts of running a successful business. Consumers give your business credibility based off the brand that it portrays to the market place.

On day one of your home-based business, you should begin by creating an awesome, recognizable brand. You can start by naming your company and developing a strategic branding system. You should also aim to have consistently positive interactions with your clients to boost your brand’s reputation in the market.

One Step at a Time

There are many benefits to owning a home-based business, you just want to make sure you get off on the right track. Make sure to consider all the tips mentioned in this post prior to starting up your business from home.

Disclosure: This post was written by the client. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Check it Out: Shop More, Save More Sale!

Shopbop’s BUY MORE, SAVE MORE sale is here! Shop your favorite items and receive up to 30% off. Use code MORE17 during checkout for 20% off $200+, 25% off $500+, and 30% off $800+ on all full-price items and get up to 75% off on sale items — restrictions apply. Below are some items that are currently in my cart.

Vegan Suede Leggings //Girls Girls Girls Embroidered Sweatshirt // Drape Front Coat Fold Over Snake Print Clutch// Knot Earrings // Bassa Ring // Lannux Booties
Leopard Mules // Suede Flats

Sale ends on November 26th at 11:59 PM PT

WISH LIST // NOVEMBER — SEPHORA SALE

I know last month’s WISH LIST was all about makeup and skincare products but I couldn’t pass up the chance to share some more items that are currently on my WISH LIST and on sale at Sephora right now. Before I move on to my list, check out some important dates and codes for THE beauty sale of the year below. There’s lots of makeup and skincare products to select from.

DATES TO REMEMBER
Rouge: Use code 20FORROUGE during check out. November 3-6 and November 10-15
VIB: Use code 20FORVIB. November 10-15.
Insiders: Use code Insider15 from November 10-15.

What products have you ordered or are planning on ordering?
Please share! I always love to hear recommendations. 

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