Postcard Marketing - Work from Home

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So you want to be a SBO?

Being a small business owner is hard work but it can be fun and profitable too. The best part of a home business is that you can often operate it when it's convenient for you. My friend and I started a side business just for kicks and to make some extra housewife money. It was so easy and fun - really anyone could do it.

If you are skilled at graphics and like to socialize - you are in business!

Postcard Marketing!

Yep! I started a small business designing, printing and mailing postcards. I do not have the graphic know how so I got in touch with another mom in my neighborhood who did. After I explained my plan, she knew right away it was a great opportunity and jumped on board.

If you have a small business and you want it to be successful, you have got to have something to offer to your potential client. I did have something great to offer at a reasonable price and we had customers lined up at the door, month 1.

I offered to mail a postcard to only new residents in my county for local business's each month. This idea sold well because I was able to convince our clients that "new residents" were the cream of the crop. The people who already lived here - know where they are! I explained how we would keep our costs down by only mailing to owner occupied homes within a certain price bracket.

New residents are the very people who NEED to know where these places are. I told potential clients that if I were them, I would offer a sweet special coupon for to new residents and they have the chance to gain a customer for life.

We called our mailers the "Welcome Deck". Each new resident got a packet of beautiful, colored postcards with special welcomes from businesses in our community! The beauty of the deal was - we included all the postcards into one gorgeous deck of cards and mailed them in clear, resealable envelopes. One round of mail a month. The most time consuming part was stuffing envelopes and our kids loved helping with that!

My friend and I decided to call our business "Grapevine Marketing." We got involved in our local Chamber of Commerce. We went to meetings, luncheons and had so much fun while our kids were at school. I loved the luncheons and that is where you can meet and greet a lot of people. Be prepared to do things like introduce yourself and your small business in front of a crowd.

We enjoyed so many benefits being involved in our community. We sponsored my daughter's local softball team and were involved in any event possible.

What You Need to Get Started

One thing I liked about this small business was that it took very little money to start up. I bought a good printer and honestly, postage was my biggest expense. You don't want to buy anything you do not need - keep your overhead as low as possible and the profit in your pocket. I told my clients right off the bat - we operate from home because it cuts costs for everyone. I know you don't want to pay extra so I can have a pretty office, right?

You will need:

  • a color printer
  • good graphic and design skills
  • personality
  • post card stock
  • clear envelopes
  • new addresses
  • postage

Some of these things can be changed or worked around according to choice. You could have the clients design and email you their postcard or offer to design them for a fee. Many of our clients had their own designs and it was just a matter of emailing it to us. Mandy and I also would make deals, for example, that we would only include one hair salon in the deck.

Local restaurants love to be included in these type of mailers. We charged them 100 dollars per month to be included in our Welcome Deck. They had to sign up for 3 months and pay in advance. Never print a postcard on a promise! You only print, when you have your money or it could be lost. Ink and time are expensive.

This idea is continually great because people are constantly moving. Every single month you have buyers and sellers. Fresh meat.

Now you can see why clients were totally into this idea. We mailed new residents special offers and pointed the people who most needed direction - RIGHT TO THE CUSTOMER! They knew the postcards were effective when the client brought it in for their special offer.

How to get new addresses.

When a new home is purchased the sale is most often closed at a title company. When property changes hands there is almost always a conveyance deed that will be recorded in your county. In the State of Missouri, each time property is transferred they record a deed called a "Certificate of Value." It states random crap and the figure usually represents the sale price of the home.

I went to my county's tax assessment office. I was very polite and I requested this information. I found out that they already had a list of all the new addresses each month just waiting there for me. Free!

I am certain that the level of cooperation that you will receive from your land records office will be highly dependant upon your attitude. I caution you to be as nice as possible because the people that work in the recorder of deeds office's don't generally get paid to help you out.

Explain what you are trying to do as it only helps them to know the best way to supply you with the information you want. Your best bet is to ask your local recorder of deeds office or the tax assessors. Most of the time this is a list they already compile for one reason or another. Ask and you shall receive!

Simple and Smart!

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How to Market

I made up little booklets with examples of our product. The booklet explained how the service worked and why it was a winning deal. My partner would call local companies and tell them a little about our idea and set up a meeting for me.

I would dress professionally and drop off a packet of info and allow them to ask me any questions or discuss packages. I didn't have to lay on a hard sell to anyone because I knew I was offering them a fantastic opportunity and so did they. It was fun, I met lots of people and it seemed like I was always coming home with presents from companies around here or going to parties and mixers. I also had the advantage of knowing so many people in my community!

I made some good money and this business could have been done in so many ways. When the economy dropped off and everything started closing we chose to close up shop too, completely since neither of us were really depending on that kind of income.

This was super fun for a stay at home mom to incorporate into her day. It's a great opportunity for the right people and every single neighborhood in the world can use a service like this one! I hope someone else can use this information to make some extra bucks and have some fun too!

"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get." ~Dale Carnegie

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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Wow, Kelly! You go, girl! This sounds like it's right up your alley and so fun, too! I love the idea and you're incredibly creative with it. Voting up, sharing, pinning and tweeting. Awesome stuff here!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Cyndi - I don't know why I didn't think to do a hub about this sooner! It was really a good time...and we made real money!

Whenever I have had a crazy business idea- I try talking to people about it and start speculating what road blocks or problems I would have. This one - everyone thought it was a great idea - not one person laughed or said, "it'll never work!"

The economy went south and we sort of let it fizzle because both of us have 3 young kids so neither of us really had full time to invest. I loved it though and heck - you can start with next to nothing!

Now, I thought it was gonna be super hard to get customers at first - but it WASN'T at all! They could see the value!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Hi Kelly,

Did not know that you were an entrepreneur too :) Awesome! I am so proud of you, GF!

This is a good idea and I have seen a real estate agent in our neighborhood does that as well.

btw, curious do you send in coupons in the booklet of the restaurants/stores in your neighborhood as well?


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a great idea for a small business.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much Susan!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Ruchira! Thank you! And to answer your question...the coupon was usually the post card itself. Some clients might offer a special gift to a new resident per the card or a discount. We encouraged them to do so, that way they could be assured that their money was getting them business.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

You are so very clever. I have always desired to have my own small business or either work from home. I have searched through all the "Work From Home" sites to no avail, as I am not sure which ones are not scams. At this point, I do not have too much longer before I can be at home, and I will save this for that time!!! You are always so helpful in all of your hubs and have such a positive look at life, which is so refreshing. Voted Way Up In His Love, Faith Reaper


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

The post card marketing strategy is brilliant! Great ideas here.

Cheers~


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Faith! Thank you so very much! You are such a wonderful commenter:)

This was really practical and fun. We did not have a hard time getting it off the ground at all. It takes a little time investment right at first - but heck before we knew it - people were calling us! lol They wanted to get in on that deck...we had Pasta House, a Hard Wood Flooring company, a drapery business, some other restaurants, boutiques...I can't remember everyone but it was a great mix!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you K9kestrokes - I have to admit - this was one of my better ideas so we did put it into operation:) lol I know it is so easy to see the benefits. I think the key to small businesses is to not get too greedy, offer a great deal and get a little business from everyone.

One other thing I didn't mention, you can decided if you want to sell a whole post card - or one side per customer. Once you get a little weight in the package - you don't wanna up your postage cost so much. We offered different prices depending on what they wanted. A whole one for themselves or 1/2 for half price!

Good luck - I hope you can benefit in some way from this:)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

What an awesome idea. You are so good at tackling these kinds of business plans. I tell ya, if Max was a whole lot older I would jump on this idea for extra spending cash. Unfortunatley, the meetings probably won't go to well if I have a 2 year old running around! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I absolutley love your hubs! You come up with the very best ideas that are really helpful. This is such a fun and warm idea. I would love to do this for a living. So creative! This is why you are the REALhousewife! Sharing!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

That is true Stacy - and Mandy had a little boy at home so it's the reason why I did the outside meetings:) Or if for some reason she wanted to meet the client herself, we would babysit for each other! It was really great to have the perfect mom to team up with for me!

Thanks - I bet you would be great with your artistic skills!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Tammy - I knew this was one thing you would be awesome doing! You have the energy and creativity to put it to work for you. Most people think of good stuff but they just never really try it. That's a shame because once it gets going a little bit - it sort of takes a life of it's own.

If we had stuck with it - we had bigger plans. We were going to offer more marketing end stuff. We thought we could easily get people to toss in small gift bag items for parties and deliver those too...just a million things we could have done with it. It was fun too! lol


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Very entreprenurial of you! One great idea and you covered all your bases.

Do you get the businesses to put an expiration date on their coupons to prompt the customer to take action quickly?

Are you a member of your chamber of commerce for validation?

Best of luck with a great idea.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

What a clever idea! I think this could be revived any number of ways, and it's ideal for stay-at-home moms, or moms that home school but want an income. Years ago, there were Welcome Wagon visitors who would drop by with a basket of some fantastic gifts and coupons. Too bad those days are gone!

Voted up!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Kathleen - thanks so much!

It was up to the customer to decide to use an expiration date or not. Most of them did. Restaurants generally offered a month. One place offered a free meal to new families so they didn't want to put a long stamp on those. The gentleman that owned the hard wood floor company, didn't have an expire. I would offer my opinion on things like that but it made no difference for me.

I was a member of the Chamber of Commerce for a few reasons. I met other SBO's in the area - it gave me an instant FREE client base. Those were the guys I wanted to do business with! So, I'd take a stack of cards and tell them to call me when they had time. The validation was a plus! Also - our name was added to the directory so people knew right where to find us. It gave me access to the mixer's and happy hours in my area too!

Thanks and yeah, I don't have time to do it anymore..but if I had stuck with it...I'm sure it would be a lot bigger by now. I have the other full time business and right now for instance, we are super busy...I wouldn't have time to do it. I write in my spare time now:)


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Oh heck yea! I did this sort of thing too once. I had even forgotten about it. I sold photo business cards which are just lovely and people keep them because they don't tend to discard photos as a rule.

I think you might could start a business just mailing businesses' business cards to new people in the neighborhood! Almost exactly the same as mailing out post cards, but the clients supply all of the cards themselves!

Shoot, every new resident would love to have them as well as older residents too!

What a great idea, Kelly! You are so darn smart. I'll bet you didn't have any trouble getting clients.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Marcy! Thank you! I know it could so easily be brought back to life but I am so far removed I couldn't even find my last post card deck:) lol

I remember the welcome wagon! I actually thought of them many times when I was marketing:) lol We were like them. I actually wanted to try to make it more like that...but after about 18 months - the econony hit that huge speed bump. Lots of places were shutting down...it was so sad. We both decided we didn't want to invest the time not knowing how much longer it would last. Even though I felt people should use our method of advertising more than ever because it was cheap...and effective. Advertising became a luxury and people were counting pennies. It is turning around now. Exactly why I had this on my mind. I was thinking - boy it would be a great time to be out marketing now! lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh Lela! I thought of you! I knew you would see this opportunity and how great it was! You are so artistic - you could offer to do so much more in additon. Like logo design...oh man. I just did not have the graphic skills - Mandy did! And people were SO particular - the color had to be exactly right. We had a laser printer.

Yep - I really did not have a problem getting clients at all! I did want to meet them face to face too - because then they could see that I meant business. I am a nice little housewife, but I was a man with a plan:) lol I was really nervous too - I will go ahead and admit that. At first, I was a little intimidated to go meet people but once I could see that nobody was laughing - they all knew I was onto a great idea. Then it became so easy to do the marketing part!

I'd have loved to have had you partner up with me too - and right - so much is done by email and fax you don't have to even leave the house if you don't want to.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Great idea, Kelly! We actually got a welcome envelope when we moved to Montana from a number of the businesses like what you did. It was great. We even got a coupon for free groceries from the local market (that is trying to compete with a chain store). Loved it. Voted up and more.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Great idea! Thanks for sharing your success with us. Quite interesting and informative.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks Terrye! Yeah see, I told people, that new residents are the ones who would most appreciate some local kindness. Especially free meals! People are exhausted when moving and you know they will be sure to remember a free pizza during move in or pasta. Pasta House did buy one too! Then some of the other restaurants got some coupon envy:) hahaha I did sometimes point out that I was offering the opportunity to them first and if they didn't accept - I was going to visit their competition:) hahaha


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

It sounds like you have an awesome small business idea generator in your head. It's too bad you couldn't make copies of that and sell it!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi suzettenaples! Thank you - this was just one of those ideas that kind of took a life of it's own:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Phil - that's funny. My husband is usually laughing about my latest business ideas:) haha I love to cook and I told him I should package my own line of sauces and call it "HO Made Food"...hahahaha

Thanks - this one was a bit more lucrative. I have always been one to look around and imagine new companies and how they get started. I started my first newspaper when I was 10. It was called "The Bubble Gummer's"...sort of gossip mag for tweens. Since we didn't have internet or copiers, I failed miserably with marketing:) LOL


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Kelly....Great! Fabulous hub with everything for anyone to know! Hubby and I have 2 home-based businesses and there is just the 2 of us and 2 part-time assistants, on an as-needed basis. Believe me Kelly, had we known how PERFECT this can work out and how very successful one can be with the right attitude, tools and service/product....we'd have worked for ourselves from a very young age!!

Up...useful, interesting..just about perfect!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You created the perfect name for your business, Kelly - Grapevine Marketing. Has a certain 'je ne sais quoi' or attractiveness that is hard to define but is as comfortable as a pair of favorite jeans.

I, too, have been a homebound entrepreneur when my children were small and loved every moment (and dollar) of it.

Thanks for divulging all these important details about your venture. Hopefully, some entrepreneurial souls will be moved to begin similar marketing action of their own.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

You are so creative Kelly!!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This was a very clever choice of home run businesses. I am glad you are so successful and I enjoyed reading your hub about the process. Voted up and awesome.


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

Wow Kelly. Do you still do this? It sounds like a great idea.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Excellent marketing techniques. Your experience is valuable in learning how to promote a business.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

You whats so funny RealHousewife, my wife about 2 days ago came up with a very similar idea to try to open up a greeting card business, but I told here she will need a graphics guru, or else it wouldn't work out to well, and you are so lucky that you actually found someone close enough to you to partner with, and who knew exactly what you needed.

I believe its all about how our life's destiny is laid out, who we know, and what options as well as opportune moments we decide to seize upon, taking actions, and thinking of any ideas to forge into reality and to start in terms of seeking successful entrepreneurial business, and as your hub depicts here in every way shape and form.

You my dear definitely had a wonderful successful time according to your hub here, and I commend you on keeping faith that it would work out for you, that is a major factor in it all as well.

Very useful hub for folks looking to gain smart small business ideas, and you just never know who may be in need of such information. I did something similar to you with web design, and computer repair, and so you are 100% correct in your techniques and methods here for sure.

I think you have the mind to become a great business leader if not corporate giant today, and if you think about it why not right!

Bravo! thumbs up and getting shared.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Good for you and what a great idea. A small business needs help..call you. You get the word out. Love the ideas and this will be shared, tweeted etc Vote UP.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Kelly, you rockz! this is an amazing idea and You're so kind to share this with other people. Many people will definitely benefit on this hub for sure.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Drbj - thank you! I did think Grapevine was a good name because lots of people were hearing about us by word of mouth. Plus I wanted people to remeber it ... That song is pretty popular and you still hear it a lot. I made it my ring tone so it wouldn't be as annoying if it went off:) lol

I was a little afraid to start something like this because it was a LOTTA work at first but so glad I did. It was really worth it in so many ways. I knew when Mandy and I explained it to our husbands - they were both very encouraging. We had to give it a shot:). Nothing ventured, nothing gained!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh Audrey - I just like money is all:) hahaha I'm always trying to figure out a way to make a little more. I want things. Lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Pamela99 - thank you! I am glad it worked too! It was a bit hard to motivate myself and actually do it, rather than talk about it...it was using my time better than just hanging out, shopping or watching the tube:) Its so hard to find a perfect part time job for a mom:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Julie - no I don't anymore. Once the economy started getting bad we decided not to pursue it. Mandy had gotten another job offer (that actually pad lots of money and bennies:) lol. I didn't have the graphic skills alone. We ended up just finishing out everyone's quarter mailer and closed up shop. It was fun while it lasted. If the economy hadn't turned around so fast and hard, I'd probably still be doing that!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

hi teaches123 - thank you! I actually was thinking about just doing different marketing strategies for customers. I knew I could not do this alone though!


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crystaleyes 4 years ago from Earth

Very innovative idea of a home business.. excellent marketing tips and techniques.. voted up


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I have such trouble with my comments section sometimes!

Paula - I still can't figure out how to squeeze a response in up there! So sorry, I was working on my iPad this morning and hit the wrong button. That's what I get for trying to respond to comments before one full pot of coffee!

I could totally see you doing something like this and being really successful. I had the energy and the time and I always wanted to figure out ways to make a little money from home rather than just go out shopping and spending. I had lost my salary and I really needed to make my own money for some reason. Mental thing. So I spent my time trying to figure out ways to use my time wisely and score a few bucks.

For a housewife - this worked perfectly for all the things I felt I was lacking. My own earned money (outside the house!), adult contact! I really needed to have more of a social day. You know when you work in an office, you have other humans you laugh and joke with. When you work from home - that isolation can be depressing! It helped me fill that gap too!

I had a really good experience passing time while I was raising younger kids! I hope someone else can do it bigger and better!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I am interested in looking at your cards you make.. where is your web site.. please send me yor link. debbiebrooks37@yahoo.com.. this hub is wonderful..


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Mike - thank you so much! This idea did work easily for me at the time:) And you are right, timing is everything. I also live in a community that is the perfect size for such a venture. It's growing and pretty big so I had numerous businesses to market to.

Mandy and I tried to include at least one type of business in our deck. We tried to make them as useful to the homeowner as possible based on what WE as REAL housewives liked and needed.

So we wanted a hair salon coupon, a dry cleaner, a couple of free meals? We have a couple of meat markets - a stock broker - we tried to diversity and offer a nice variety for the other housewife who was on the receiving end of that package:)

Thanks so much again, Mike!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Carol - thank you! I have always had a very good business sense. I guess I feel somewhat successful since I am now pretty much debt free. I have a mortgage and a car payment but that's it! No credit cards - I got money in the bank and can and WILL travel! So yep! Ima happy camper!

I meet people all the time that have great ideas but they must have fear of success because they never put them into action. That is the worst thing....!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Unknown Spy - thank you so much!

I don't know why I didn't write a hub about this sooner. I never really thought about it. I do think it's STILL a great and lucrative idea for lots of people. I can't use it anymore so I hope someone else can run with the ball!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Crystaleyes - thank you so very much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh Hi Deborah - thanks so much! I don't make them at all - and we dissolved Grapevine Marketing in it's infancy really. My friend was the graphic genius and I was the planner and marketer:) lol She was offered a job with an office and window my friend:) LOL


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh wow I can see why she would be offered a job.. thank you and love your hub

Debbie


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Sue B. 4 years ago

This is really impressive! I'm curious to know how profitable this was for you and how many hours both of you needed to put in to make this business successful.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks Debbie - yeah my firmed a hottie too so she was snatched up by a giant mortgage firm! Lol. She's blazing trails there still and just got another promotion! Ha! Go getter:).


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sue B - each month varied a little but I can tell you we made more money than we thought we were going to make!

We did this so we could freely spend money and shop without feeling like we were digging into our families funds. It filled some needs for social contact and self preservation:) hahaha. We weren't even sure if we would make a cent but We did have to file tax returns and oh! Good point here - tell the clients they can 1099 you!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm not sure how I missed this one, but miss it I did! :) Great suggestions Kelly; I have done basically the same thing using a different idea. It is possible to be a SBO, but one has to be creative and willing to work hard.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Bill - I'm not surprised you would employ a similar method too! Ha!

You know it too...owning your own thing can be very stressful. You have to work hard and no matter who else gets sick or calls in - you better have someone catching the ball and minding the store:) lol. With my other small business (that's now big enough I have to subcontract work out) I couldn't do both.

It worked great and had I not another business paying the bills I would have really pursued this and worked it hard. I could have kept floating through the down time by offering specials and discounts. Also - if I would have kept it up - I thought it might have actually done better. Advertising is expensive but this was a cheap way to go so who knows if they may have dropped their other stuff and gone direct mail with me!!

Oh well - I loved it and it was a great experience for me:). I miss doing that...!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

You come up with absolutely brilliant ... and award winning ideas...

Awesome hub... awesome idea...


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I always think of myself as having an "entrepreneurial spirit." But Kelly, you definitely have me beat. This is great and so are other ideas you and I have spoke about. You are one determined woman and should be very proud of yourself for all that you have accomplished in life.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

This sounds like an amazing idea Kelly. Your energy and enthusiasm shine through this hub!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Rahut! Thank you so much! This one WAS a great idea - I still feel like it could have been a real power house if I had kept up with it...but oh well - on to other stuff you know?


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sharyn! Thank you - and hey I feel really darn good about where I am today! I was thinking about it yesterday and I left home at 17 with a VW and my income tax check:) LOL Things worked out good and I have lived life just following my gut really. I think if you just stick with doing stuff you love it will always work out ok. So far so good - knock wood!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Melovy! I was really enthused about this little side business:) I just couldn't find anyone who would tell me it was a bad idea or a reason why it wouldn't work. So simple yet very beneficial for everyone involved...including our community and the people in it. We all won!

Thank you!!!


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StephSev108 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Wow! This is a really cool idea. Thanks @RealHousewife.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks StephSev108! It did work for me:)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Really interesting read. Successful businesses are all about great ideas and you have a wealth of them.

Up, interesting and useful.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much Rajan! People have lots of great business ideas and I wish more would just do it!


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donnah75 3 years ago from Upstate New York

What a brilliant idea. I love that you focused on new residents. Voted up.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Wow, this is a really great idea. Thanks for sharing your idea and your success story. My co-worker and I were thinking about a way to make more money and this could help inspire us. Thanks a bunch! Voted up!


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Sherry Hewins 3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

This is great! And to think I almost didn't read it because I've seen so many work at home scams that said "No Scam." I guess I'm a little jaded, but you have restored my faith, there are ways to make it work. Voted up and shared.


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adrienne2 3 years ago from Atlanta

Hey RealHousewife, you go girl!! This is such a neat, unique business idea. It is so much fun coming up with fun ways to make money. Being a Small Business Owner is work, but it is fun work when you are doing something you like. voted up, and useful! Great hub.


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tandaa 3 years ago from UAE

Very interesting and practical


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi donnah - I figured new residents were the people who would most likely need and use those coupons. And I told my clients - you'll have a customer for life! When I first moved here - I didn't even know where the grocery store was! Haha I had to use the internet to figure out where to shop...so I kept that in mind:). Thank you!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Jeannie - I loved doing this! And it's easy money considering. I could do it in my own time...I could be creative and also I did have fun meeting tons of new people. Let me know if you try it! I know you'd be great at dealing with people because you're so funny!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sherry - yeah this isn't one of those scams:) this is an idea I came up with and put to work for me. I really enjoyed it and it gave me something to do with other adults too:) the money was unbelievable to me...I just couldn't believe how easy this was to get going!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Adrienne - thank you! I know, I had another crazy idea but it worked! Haha. And I loved this too - almost ZERO overhead. You don't need a special office or employees. My kids were my employees:) haha they stuffed envelopes and helped too! I'm serious here - I didn't even hardly have to sell. My clients knew a fantastic deal when they saw it. It sold itself really.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi tandaa - thank you. I had a great time doing this and zero bad memories or downfalls. It was enjoyable and profitable!


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Joseph Renne 3 years ago from Milton

I am totally going to try this. Great Hub. Love your thinking.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Joeseph! Cool! Let me know how it works for you!


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Joseph Renne 3 years ago from Milton

I will do, Just bought some card stock, making samples soon.


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Spirit Whisperer 3 years ago from Isle of Man

This is truly a great hub. You have explained very clearly and simply how anyone with a bit of get up and go can run their own business successfully. I am sure this will not be your last venture and I can't wait to hear your next idea. I also love the quote at the end "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get." ~Dale Carnegie

Thank you for sharing this information.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Joseph - yes! Get great card stock...I found it cheapest to purchase from a store near home to avoid shipping costs...that was a killer! Good luck!!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi SW! Hope you had a great holiday! I just got home from 7 days in Mexico so I'm catching up:) lol

Thanks and I did love that quote too! Of course you would:)

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