Tiny Chipmunk – the story

Building a business, day by day

Evaluating samples, plus the big product reveal!

Last week (I’m a bit late in writing this) my final sample arrived! This was pretty exciting, as it was what I hoped would be (and it actually will be) my final item.  I mentioned in my last post about suppliers that after seeing the first sample, it actually prompted me to order a fourth – as I didn’t think the concept was quite right. I can now reveal that.. Read More

A word on Lightning Deals

I’d been thinking of trying a lightning deal for a while, as was curious to see what impact it would have on my sales and ranking.  If you haven’t seen one before, this means you set up a deal whereby you offer a set number of units, at a set discount, for a set period of time.  (And pay Amazon a fee to do it.   You can check out the.. Read More

Transferable skills – we can all be CEOs!

I was reflecting on my recent award win (and still feeling pretty chuffed if I’m honest).  I can’t quite believe I’ve managed this, as a Mum of two, working from home, when some of the competition were big businesses with offices and teams and a ‘proper’ set-up.  Then again, on further reflection, being a Mum does prepare you well for running a business… Firstly, you probably manage everything anyway, perhaps.. Read More

We won!

I realise I’m a bit late with this, but we actually won two awards in this years Loved By Parents Awards! We won Silver for Best Nursery Bedding and Gold for Best Ethical Babycare Product. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to navigate the form and vote!

Responses from suppliers

It’s been a few weeks since I spoke about contacting suppliers for my new product and you may be wondering what happened next. (The short version is, I narrowed them down, ordered samples, then went on holiday while I waited for them to arrive, but I’m guessing you’d like more details than that!) Of the 25 suppliers I contacted,16 replied. This probably sounds a lot, but it didn’t take too.. Read More

The new (and improved!) order – sourcing products from China

So, the exciting news here is that product number two (still top secret!) is one step closer.  For the past few weeks I’ve been back on Alibaba contacting suppliers.  You might remember that last time this was all new to me and I was winging it a fair bit.  This time, I’m doing things differently. Firstly, I did my research into what’s already out there.  (I did this last time,.. Read More

PLEASE VOTE: We’ve been shortlisted!

Another week and it’s more good news. Tiny Chipmunk has been shortlisted in not one, but two categories in the Loved By Parents Awards 2017. I am so excited, but also a little daunted as I’m now up against massive, well-known brands and it’s just little old me… The winners are decided by votes – which is where you all come in. Please, please, please use this link and vote.. Read More

We’re on a podcast!

I was very excited last week to find out that I was featured on the Ask Pat podcast. You may remember me saying one of my dreams was to be featured on Smart Pasive Income – well, this comes close! My question was about this blog and whether I should be as open as I am about myself and my business. If you’re interested in hearing Pat’s answer, you can.. Read More

GUEST POST: Take better photos of your own children this Summer!

I’m having a break this week, so this blog post is brought to you by the fabulous Sarah Hart Photography.  If you’re taking photos to show how you use your swaddles, this will help loads! We’ve just had our first taste of a bit of sunshine this year…..Summer is on it’s way! So the chances are you’ll be spending more time outdoors over the next few months…..time to get out.. Read More

What defines a ‘real’ job?

I felt a little hurt earlier this week. I met a friend and she asked me what I’d been up to.  I figured she didn’t just want to hear about my toddler’s ear infection, or my eldest’s Swashbuckle addiction, so I told her it had been a good, but busy week and I was pleased that my next swaddle order will arrive soon and I’m really making headway with my.. Read More