I don`t know if I missed it last time or you just added it....but I
found the "participating schools" block on the front page of your
website. TOTAL bummer that you don`t have it out here in LasVegas
yet....siiiigggh....maybe contact student government at College of
Southern Nevada, University of Nevada Las Vegas & Nevada State
College. Perhaps they could get you in contact with some budding
entrepreneuers with in the school to get your ball rolling out
Although I still absolutely love your idea, I still say
you need to play up gift certificates / gift cards. I`m still not
seeing that? That`s a lot of money for someone who`s in school
full time and working part time and they have normal bills as it
is. Having a laundry service is a luxury. You`re excluding
a big majority of students I say with the price, but I know you`re not
a charity. Gift cards or certificates that family could purchase
on-line for their soon to be college student I bet would generate some
more income for you. Hit up the high schools with on line flyers
or even mailers close to senior graduation to get the word out about
your services - AND GIFT CARDS that mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandma
& grandpa could purchase for them. I sweeeer too corporations
have got to love gift cards .. can`t tell you how many I`ve lost and
not cashed in on.
Best wishes to you!!
idea. I like the website. I found it very easy to maneuver
but I`m a little lost....is it any college/university in any state?
Also, anything over $100.00 was realllllly expensive to me when
I was in college and I definately relate to the "sniff test" -
sometimes even money for the laundrymat was expensive. I think it
would be great if you offered gift certificates....did I miss that?
If I did, I apologize. And if someone else already
suggested it my apologies - I didn`t read the 6 pages of comments you
received from everybody.
Hello to all my friends and soon to be friends on startupnation. It has
been a whirlwind year for myself as I`m sure it has been for many of you
It may be a little inappropriate in writing this on the forum - but I have a
MAC and nortoriously there are issues when trying to do
something...such as create a blog for myself. So for now, I beg your
pardon for I am feeling the love for all of you that have given me kind
words of encouragement, words of inspiration, and words of hope.
I wanted to share with you all that I have FINIALLLLLYYY, after 6 very long
years, completed my Associates of Applied Science in Commercial
Photography this very month of December, 2006. Associates only you
ask - yes,,, Associates only. I`m a wife, a mother, I work a full time job as
a police dispatcher still - not to mention all the mandatory overtime (on
average maybe I work about 50 hours a week) AND I was squeeking in a
photography job once in awhile - all of this while taking classes. Makes it
a little easier to understand why it took me 6 years, eh? My husband is
very happy to see me reach this goal - and to have someone who knows
how to clean -really clean - the house back in the swing of things (not
meaning that in a derrogratory way to women - but I swear the man has
no clue what a vacuum cleaner is). Little does he realize once I go full
force with this business it`s either hire a housekeepper or shut up about
the messy house. Needless to say - I`m letting him enjoy this feeling of
"everything is normal again" feeling. Why spoil it for him?
God has truly blessed me with a love and gift for photography, the love of
my wonderful husband, the sweetness & love of a beautiful daughter,
great friends and famly, ours and their health, a nice roof over our heads,
and good paying jobs (even though mine feels more like a ball & chain
most the time).
My wish for all of you this New Year`s Eve is that you will take a moment
to realize how truly blessed you are and be greatful for what you do have.
We`re only on this earth for 1/2 a second in the big picture of things.
Take care of the people who love you and be there for the people who
need you. My wish for all of you in 2007 that may be struggling with
starting your own business (like me) is to hang in there and continue to
actively seek answers to your questions. Have faith and prayer that you
will get it all figured it out. It will happen. It`s all a journey.
No need to respond to me on this string - Just wanted to share :) I guess
if you feel so inclined - share your thoughts on what you`re greatful for.
God bless you and Happy 2007 to you all.
I wanted to stop in to thank all of you for your great advice and
encouragement. It`s been awhile since I`ve logged in - just busy
of course. bmwsmity - thanks so much for the heads up on
score.org - I did check it out and I`m excited to get in contact with
them. I agree that the school of hard knocks is a great way to
learn what I need to know, but I just feel completely uncomfortable
with hard knocks right now beause I seriously don`t have a clue
WHATSOEVER about the business end of this. It`s very frustrating
because I feel so ready to spread my wings when it comes to my
photography, but I am smart enough to recognize being good at
photography is not enough to be a successful business owner....and I
know that`s my weakness right now.
Again, thank you all for your advice and helping me to keep my spirits
lifted in this endeavor. You all have been truly kind!
Anybody out there interested in being part of a success story ? I need some serious advice.
Long story short, I`m a wife/mother/police dispatcher & owner of
Joy of Photography in Las Vegas waaaaay earlier than what I ever
planned. It`s sort of a long story but I`m not ready to run
a business and I have no clue what I`m doing.
I`d love it if there are any successful business owners interested in
hearing my case but it`s way to long of a story/situation to post on a
I know that I will one day have a very successful business, but I guess
I`m just looking for some encouragement and sound advice.
My plans are to #1continue with startup nation & take a business
class specific to photographers next semester at my school, #2 graduate
with my Associates Degree in commercial photography this December 2006,
#3 take more business classes (I don`t know what aspect I should
concentrate on), and #4 get a serious plan together for eventually
quitting my job as a dispatcher and running my business full time.
I`d love to hear from you if you have a successful business and have any helpful advice.