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Hi there! Mama here.

Phew! Who knew it was so much work to get a business going?

To prepare for the Grand Blanc Farmer's Market in just about a month from now, we here at Sweet Home realized we'd need more than a shelf and a few hundred bags for our goodies... A tent to protect our stand from hot sun and heavy rain? A folding table that will fit in the station wagon? A real cash register? We never even thought of those things! So we've been scouring craigslist, watching dumpsters, and thinking of ways to repurpose things we already own in order to meet the needs of this growing little business of ours. We were recently blessed with some extra funds--hooray!--so we haven't had to take out a loan, which was one of our goals from the start.

On that note, today we scored a used cash register for $50 on craigslist--a great deal!--which is a must if we're going to be at the market. The more efficiently we can complete our sales, the better we can serve our customers. Selling to one or two people from home with a receipt book and a sales log is no big deal, but when we're talking about multiple sales in a short amount of time, that cash register will come in mighty handy.

Also, we didn't read the fine print and just found out our next bulk food order won't be delivered until the week before the market begins, so it looks like we'll keep getting our goods from the grocery store until then. Ah, well--another valuable lesson learned. ;)

Until next time,

Sweet Home à la Mama

 
 
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Hi there! Mama here.

The day has finally come for Papa and Mama to register Sweet Home à la Mama at the Genessee County Clerk's Office! We love our business name and we want to hold on to it, so registration is the first step in ensuring that when you see "Sweet Home à la Mama" on a package, you know you're getting the same high-quality stuff you've come to know and love...and not some knock-off! ;)

At first, we weren't even sure what to do with this whole business thing, but then we read through this Guide to Starting and Operating a Small Business from Michigan's online One Stop Business Resource Center to familiarize ourselves with the process (and a million other things about owning a small business!), and that has been really helpful.

Even with as much work as it's been, we are still super excited to be off the ground and running with all of this. One of the coolest things that has happened is that we got some really nice display racks from our local Blockbuster's store-closing sale! Twenty bucks (a shrewd but bonafide offer made by me) got us a bright red display rack (which I may paint teal like everything else in the house...only time will tell), and for a solid dollar each, we got two Lazy Susans for displaying our Granola Mix-Ins. Oh, happy day!

It seems like every day we're learning more and more about this stuff. We're bound to make some mistakes along the way, but right now we're just having fun doing something we love, and that's nothing to shake a stick at!

Until next time,

Sweet Home à la Mama