Tiny Chipmunk – the story

Building a business, day by day

Going global

Tiny Chipmunk has officially ‘gone global’ (or European at least) with our first orders from Spain and Italy.  We didn’t do anything special to make this happen – simply listed on Amazon’s other European sites.  Here’s how you can do it too.  (Disclaimer, if you’re not an Amazon seller, or don’t aspire to be, you might find this post incredibly boring!) On your Amazon seller central homepage, under the ‘Inventory’.. Read More

Book review: The Miracle Morning

I’m flying through these personal development books at the moment.  I’m not sure if it’s a time of year thing (new years resolutions and all that), or if it actually says something about my state of mind right now. Regardless, this book (The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM, by Hal Elrod) had been on my wishlist a while after being recommended by Pat.. Read More

No (wo)man is an island

One thing I’ve always enjoyed is working with other people. (Well, not all people…)  When I think back to the ‘history test’ exercise I did in Will It Fly, the common theme for every job I’ve had is that I liked my team. When working for yourself, you’re on your own.  (Until/unless you build a team but, for me, that seems a long way off, if it ever happens at.. Read More

Getting out there

Today I did something a little out of my comfort zone, that I’ve been meaning to do for some time.  I went to a networking event.  I always used to enjoy networking and feel that I was actually pretty good at it, but two kids later and feeling a little out of touch with my corporate self (which isn’t a bad thing!), I was a bit nervous.  Especially as I.. Read More

Book review: The 4-hour work week

It’s been a bit of a quiet start to the year. Still lots to do, but a lot of it relies on other people and, to me, it’s still a little early for following up on things. (That’ll be next week.) So I thought today I’d review a book that I’ve been meaning to do for some time. As part of my journey to improve my business, my life and.. Read More

My resolutions for 2017

This is me.  And this is how I’ve felt for most of this year: While I’ve had good intentions right from the start of this venture – of being organised, doing my research and getting things right – I have made some mistakes.  With the end of the year now upon us, I’ve decided to look back at what’s gone well, what hasn’t and plan what I can do in 2017.. Read More

Manipulating reviews (or not?)

I’m aware this is my first post in a while.  I decided to take a break over Christmas, to spend time with my family without the pressure of ‘work’ hanging over me.  I’m sure real bloggers don’t do this, but I’m not a real blogger, so figured it was ok. I actually *tried* to do nothing at all for a week (work-wise), which I really needed after a busy and.. Read More

The benefits of bamboo

I mentioned before that I need to sell the swaddles.  And I mean really sell them – to you, and to everyone I meet. One of our key selling points, and the thing that probably means the most to me personally, is the fact they’re made of gorgeous bamboo fabric.  So, here’s my sales pitch.  I’m going to attempt to convert you all to bamboo-lovers right here, right now. First,.. Read More

The art of selling

I ended my last blog post with something quite flippant, along the lines of ‘and now I just need to sell them.’ This makes it sound like this is the easy part.  It’s really not. I’ve now had a product to sell for around 4 days.  There have been sales.  I’m now checking my Amazon Seller Central account almost as much as I was checking the UPS tracking link, so.. Read More

We’re in business!

I am finally writing the post I’ve been waiting to write. The swaddles have been booked in at Amazon and are ready to buy. In fact, if you like, you can buy a box here right now. (Actually only 498 of them are available as two are ‘warehouse damaged’, so you’d better get in quick if you want one!) I’ve been waiting so long for this, and the past few weeks.. Read More