Tiny Chipmunk – the story

Building a business, day by day

Building a brand

One decision you have to make when you’re starting up a physical products business is what kind of business do you want it to be?  Your options are a cash flow business – this means that you’ll buy and sell  (or manufacture and sell) products – with making money being your primary goal.  I’ve read about people who buy things cheap from China, or from clearance sales, etc, and make.. Read More

The waiting game

I am not a patient person.  I hate waiting.  I even got frustrated today waiting for my 8-month old to finish her lunch. Patience is definitely not a virtue that I possess. It’s now been 56 days since I placed an order for 500 boxes of swaddles and they are still not in the warehouse, or even in the UK.  This is driving me barmy. Good news today though (finally)… Read More

Hello China (or 你好中国)

There are different methods to choosing what products to sell, depending on who you speak to.  I tried paying for a service where someone tells you what products are ‘hot’, where you can source them, how much you should be paying, how much you can charge for them, etc.  I figured out pretty quickly that amounted to paying someone for research I could easily do myself.  Thankfully there was a.. Read More

Will it fly?

You might have noticed that the titles of most of my blogs are questions.  This is because I’ve had nothing but questions since starting out. Is this the right thing to do?  Can I make it work?  Where do I start?  When will I find the time?  Will I get a full night’s sleep tonight?  You get the picture. Will it Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So.. Read More

The difference between the Fast Lane and the fast track

I spoke before about how I came to the decision to start my own business.   I needed to find out more about what it was I’d decided to do (selling products on Amazon) as I had no idea what I wanted to sell, let alone how to source products, where to source them and what else went along with that. Obviously I had lots of ideas and I was.. Read More

What on earth am I doing?

Good question! When I initially started out with this business my two children were aged 3 and 4 months.  Obviously I had a lot on my plate!  So I guess it’s fair to ask why I thought starting a new business would be a good idea. To be honest, having young children is part of the reason.  For the past few years I’ve been running a children’s yoga franchise. Working.. Read More

Am I nuts?

Hello!  I’m a 30-something mother of two small children, who’s randomly decided to launch a product, try and sell it and make a (small) fortune. Or a living, at least. When I put it like that, it sounds crazy. Perhaps it is crazy. Not only that, but I’ve decided that I’m going to blog about my journey to get the business up and running, share the highs, the lows, the.. Read More