Latest Posts from The Entreprenette Gazette

Who Are We to Judge?

Thu, 03 Sep, 2015
I saw this article this morning about the "uproar" over Marissa Mayer's claim that she is only going to take 2 weeks of maternity leave when her identical twins are born later this year.  Honestly, who are we to judge her?   How can someone who hasn't even met her decide that she is doing something "wrong"? How can we be so bold as to tell someone how to be a mother? (Unless they ask of course, which in this case…..NOT) I can understand the writers concern over "young" women possibly being influenced by this, ... Continue reading

How Investors Can Ruin Your Business

Wed, 26 Aug, 2015
When I had my handbag line I just wanted to be successful.  I wasn't always sure what that meant….. it did include making lots of money….but I wasn't sure what the rest looked like for a while. Once I got some PR and got my products to famous Celebrities, people started to take notice of me.  Magazines wanted to interview me, and producers called asking me to be on E! and Extra.  Don't get me wrong, that was all fabulous and helped skyrocket my sales…..which made me more money…..which made me ... Continue reading

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Thu, 16 Jul, 2015
 I know a lot of people's dream is to see their products in big box stores like Bed Bath and Beyond, Costco, Target, Walmart and QVC……but the truth is, while you might enjoy gigantic orders from these behemoths, they can turn on a dime, throw you out with the trash, and cripple a company overnight if they are your biggest customer.  I have seen it happen to friends of mine…. and it's not pretty.  It's a lot of tears, and often bankruptcy. Yes, I sold my products to big stores like ... Continue reading

A Little Known Way to Quickly Build your Brand

Tue, 14 Jul, 2015
When I had my handbag line I dreamed of being in stores like Henri Bendel's, Sak's 5th Ave, Bloomingdales, Fred Segal and many other "Superstar" stores.  But while I was still making a name for myself they seemed totally out of reach until a friend suggested that I try to do trunk shows to prove that their customers would like my bags. So I sent letters to the various buyers suggesting that I do a trunk show in their store……the wonderful thing about trunk shows is that they don't cost the store ... Continue reading

Build a Perfect List of Stores

Tue, 30 Jun, 2015
Back in the mid-1990’s, when I was working in the movie industry, Hollywood was rocked to its foundations by the infamous Heidi Fleiss scandal If you don’t remember her, Ms. Fleiss was the famed “Hollywood Madame”, who had an even more famous little black book, where kept the names of some of Hollywood’s elites… along with all of their naughty little deeds When she was finally arrested, the prosecutors tried everything they could to pry the names out of that book…. but to no avail. Ms. Fleiss would not reveal any ... Continue reading

The 5 Biggest Mistakes in Business

Mon, 02 Feb, 2015
Running a product line is like conducting a symphony. You have to be able to coordinate a lot of different pieces and make them all fit together smoothly. When you get it right, your business sounds like sweet music. But get it wrong and the results are a noisy mess… In that spirit, I want to share with you the 5 biggest mistakes I made when starting my first handbag company… along with some simple ways to avoid them.   My Start When I first started out with my handbag company I was in the ... Continue reading

The Simple Formula That Will Get You More Sales

Thu, 08 Jan, 2015
It’s been said that in life, timing is everything. And nowhere is this truer than in the product business. And when it comes to this business, here’s another truth: you may have the greatest product in the world, but if you try to sell it at the wrong time, you’ll struggle to make money. Fortunately, there’s a very easy way find out when you should be selling… and when you shouldn’t. Follow the seasonal trade shows. Throughout the year, hungry buyers flock to these trade shows, looking for the next best thing to add to ... Continue reading

August Checklist

Tue, 05 Aug, 2014
I know it can be hard to keep up. Believe me, I know. But I can tell you from experience, that being organized and having a checklist is one way to start tackling the hard stuff. What I like about a list, is that when I get a brain freeze and don't know what I should do that day, I can get some ideas from my task list and see what I can wrap my thoughts around and actually get something done, rather than sit there wondering……. yes sometimes sitting there ... Continue reading

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