This is our blog spotlight on our fellow makers who are crushing it!
Read on to learn more about them, what they love, when they failed, and who they get their inspiration from!!
For this week's interview, we are speaking with Tammy of Clove Pink Box!
L&C: Hello! To start, tell us your name and what your business is all about.
Hello, I’m Tammy Anderson and I have a boutique subscription box business called Clove Pink. We help busy women discover great Canadian made clean beauty & quality lifestyle products that make them feel amazing inside and out.
Every 3 months we send a collection of 5-7 hand-picked items they can experience, enjoy, and get connected to the artisans behind them.
L&C: Tell us how it all began for you.
A few years ago I started thinking about what my future would look like and what I wanted to achieve. I knew I had more to offer and I began thinking about how I could fulfill my desire to be more and do more. I cannot remember the exact moment I decided to begin a subscription box business but the decision evolved as I became in tune with what really matters to me and that I wanted it to be a business where I could help others.
In 2018 I joined a business incubator in Red Deer called Catapult and that training was very helpful in helping me determine the feasibility and research to solidify my decision to start my own business.
L&C: What are your favorite tools for working smarter, not harder?
Google Calendar, Google Keep, Dropbox, Canva, and ClickUp are all the tools that I used on a regular basis. Google Calendar is very intuitive and easy to use to block out my calendar to keep me on track with all my regularly scheduled tasks.
I use Google Keep to keep track of ideas for products, books I want to read, recommended podcasts, and even if I’m laying in bed and think of something I can quickly speak or type in that idea into Google Keep. I used Dropbox for product photos and files to create posts on Canva.
Usually, the photos are on my phone and I can easily move the photo to Dropbox so that I can create a post in Canva on my laptop. I’m am fairly new to ClickUp but I was introduced to it by my marketing consultant Amber at The CTRL Lab. We keep track of all the tasks via this platform and it works great. It ensures nothing gets forgotten or that a deadline is not missed.
L&C: Tell us about a big fail you had and what you learned from it.
My website has proven to be challenging. When I was first looking for someone to help me build a website I was looking for something at the lower end of the scale in terms of cost and that’s exactly what I received. I have had numerous issues and I am now in the process of rebuilding my website.
I learned that I should have done more research before entering into an agreement with a web developer and knew clearly the capabilities that my website would require.
L&C: Who do you look up to in business, or in life?
In business, I look up to people like Bedros Keuillian who started from nothing and now is extremely successful. He is the founder of Fit Body Fitness and believes that with a strong work ethic and solid habits you can achieve your goals.
In life, I look up to people such as my dear friend Gudrun Thompson who is a beautiful person inside and out. She is the type of person who makes you feel important and listens with intent. She is always positive and authentic. She and her husband retired in their mid-50s and they have a great life. They travel, they cook good food, they are very active, and spend much of their time helping an immigrant family in Red Deer. They exemplify kindness and generosity.
L&C: How do you celebrate your wins?
My wins are usually celebrated quietly with me and my husband and/or my business coach. At times I think, it would be nice to have a business partner to share in the wins. Who knows what the future holds?
L&C: What advice would you give someone just starting out?
Seek out a mentor or business coach. Don’t settle for anyone - make sure you feel that this person truly cares about your success. I have a business coach who has provided me with so much support, solid business development advice, and encouragement I could not imagine my business without her.
L&C: Where's the best place to learn more about you?
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