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Small Business “start-up” and social media… AAAAAHHHH!

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I just hired my 16 year old, career-“gamer”, son to be my social media marketing manager!  Because… YIKES… trying to turn a smalltime Etsy business into an actual small business that is worthy of a highly taxable LLC (*cough* that I never should have applied for *cough* didn’t do my research *cough* *choke* *die* *cough*) is a G.I.A.N.T. undertaking.  I have spent more hours on Pinterest than I care to admit researching social media marketing DIY. Pinterest used to be fun for me.  Pinterest used to be a time-suck, where I would fantasize about all of the fabulous things that I could totally do if I had the time, you know, if I wasn’t so busy scrolling and clicking Pin.  Now, I kinda dread Pinterest.  It’s like… work and shit.  Like going from really, really, really enjoying the rare-treat of Georgetown Cupcake and then working for Georgetown Cupcake at sub-entry level where you have to lick the beaters clean and by the end of day one, when you’ve licked your 100th beater, you vomit and vow to never eat another cupcake again.  Yeah, learning how to start a business on Pinterest is just like that, I imagine.*

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Dear Georgetown Cupcake,
I would totally come lick your cupcake beaters for a day and vomit in your kitchen in exchange for a free dozen.  Contact me via Pinterest if you are in need of day labor.
Sincerely,
Carol

Anywho, so learning the in’s and out’s of social media marketing is really, really, involved.  It is not as simple as “Hey, guess what I posted on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Linkedin, YouTube, etc… etc… etc…”.  There are optimal times stamps and photoshoots and social media content and blogs and online stores and building relationships and hosts and sharing and commenting on 5+ social media venues a day and they all have to be linked together.  And, yes, there are websites/apps that can post on your behalf to multiple social media venues, but you still have to create the posts and the visual media to go with them and schedule them. So basically those apps just make sure your posts hit social media at peak times, you know, in case you are napping bc you were up until 3:00 AM researching, creating content, and scheduling.  And, also, for you cheap-bastards like me out there, you have to pay monthly for these apps to post on your behalf to anything more than Twitter and Facebook.  The other 35,000+ social media venues are still dangling clouds over your head unless you cough up $15+/month.

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So, yeah, like I said, my 16 year old son, who is on multiple social media venues all day long, anyway, like it’s his business… is now actually his business, which is actually my business, so….

Yes, I can see how this can go horribly, horribly wrong.

To be continued…

*full disclosure- I don’t really think anyone or a dog, as photoed, really licks the beaters at Georgetown Cupcake.  They are truly an impeccably clean and posh bakery that has the most amazing cupcakes.  All jokes aside, go buy two- one for you, one for me.

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A store of my own.

Guess what?!

I have my own domain www.evmodernbaby.com, again!

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Pretty cool, huh?!

I’m wrapping up a girl’s Easter outfit (shirt & skirt set).  I made the sample for Tess and it took some math, as I had to alter the pattern, myself.  I foresee myself visiting YouTube for some pattern making tutorials in the near future to help speed up production time.  I think I pleated and repleated and marked pleats and remarked pleats about a dozen times before I finally got it to the proper waist size.

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Oh, look!  There actually exists quite a few websites that have a calculator that will determine pleat sizes based on your measurements.  Should’ve just turned to the web instead of pen and paper.  Sometimes technology really is useful.

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Once I’ve perfected the art I will share a tutorial complete with troubleshooting tips like the one above.  Stay tuned… There are a lot of exciting things coming soon!

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We interrupt this regularly scheduled program…

for the Flu… and strep throat… and colds… and can winter just be over, already?!  Holy Moly!

Etsy sales are still happening and I’m keeping all products away from my illness plagued children, but because of the increased demand for mommy-time my Boho spring line has unfortunately come to a halt.  I plan to pick up where I left off next week and be back at production again.

In the meantime, personalized minky blankets will be up and running on Etsy soon!  If you are in need of a WELCOME HOME baby gift or a 1st Birthday gift these unique blankets are perfect.

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Back to the Future

It’s been a long time coming, but my embroidery machine has been repaired and I’m back, baby!  I have a few listings back on Etsy.  I started with EVMB designs that were most inquired about while I was “on vacation”.  The Baptismal/Christening Onesies and the Drinking Buddies Onesie (St. Patrick’s Day version).  Please go check them out.  If you have an upcoming baptism or christening to attend the Baptismal/Christening Onesies would make a great gift and keepsake.

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In the meantime, I’m working on my pattern making skills with a simple version of the Coachella short and I have designs in the works for some boho baby fashions using organic muslin fabrics.

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Favorite EV modern baby on Etsy for shop updates like this.

Follow me on Pinterest (see sidebar) for the latest in baby/child fashion, accessories, gear, and nursery designs.

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Our family is in the process of moving to a new nest, but as soon as we are settled I hope to start posting DIY blogs and videos to help you keep up with the latest trends for your little one.

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Giveaway winner @ Patching Hearts and new items available on Etsy!

Congratulations to Carrie for winning the blogtastic giveaway over @ Patching Hearts!  She won a personalized “It’s Raining Love” onesie.  If you are not Carrie and were not lucky enough to win you can go over to Etsy and purchase one of your very own!  I also made this recent special order.

Message me or comment if you’d like to order.  While perfecting my hat sizes I made extras which are now on clearance.  You can click on the image to be redirected for purchasing.

This one is size 9 months – 2 years.

 

This one is size 0-3 months.

 

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Go on and VOTE! Blog-tastic Giveaway!

It’s Election Day!  Yay!  And after you choose our President and vote yes or no to same sex marriage or to allow casinos in PG county (if you live in Maryland), hop on over to Patching Hearts

where you can enter to win a free onesie (boy or girl choices sizes neborn-12 months)

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or a pair of boots (infant/baby sizes 1-6)

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made by yours truly, here at EVmodernbaby!  You can enter a maximum of 8 different ways today and then continue to enter by commenting on Patching Hearts everyday to optimize your chances of winning.  Not only is Karen and awesome mother and great friend, but she is a talented mommy blogger, so be sure to “follow” her blog whether you enter the giveaway or not!  Have fun and I hope you win!

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Where I’m meant to be

Dear old free website,

Thank you for not abandoning me as I abandoned you!  I left you for someone very high-maintenance and have regretted it all along.  I am so glad that you welcomed me back with open arms and accepted all of my high-maintenance web content accept for the super cool store page and some awesome widgets and the fact that I think I see a lot of double posts that I think I’m going to have to spend a lot of time clearing up.  Booooo!  I hate love really love you free website.

Yours truly for eternity,

Carol