Batch Celebrates Small Business Saturday

 

Batch is proud to call ourselves a Small [very mighty] Business. Since inception, we’ve grown - much with the help of our amazing rolodex of brand partners - to host seven collections, 108 brands and thousands of items in the Showroom.

Not too bad for a one-year-old company!

In honor of this year’s Small Business Saturday, we’re taking some time to recognize the small businesses in our Homemade Holiday Collection. We recently sat down with a few of them to get their advice on launching, scaling and nurturing a small business.

See what they had to say below:

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Catherine Weis, Bestowe Gifting

“I have a tendency to jump right into a new idea, which in the case of starting Bestowe is good, because I didn't have time to talk myself out of starting. The piece of advice I can give is to trust your gut. If you believe in it, so will others and the growth and excitement around your project/business will happen naturally. If I hadn't trusted in my idea I would have come up with 500 reasons not to do it and I'd be in the same place I was before. My job engages me to learn and grow. My brain is exploding with all this newness, but it keeps me alive!”

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Zach Mangan, Kettl

"Starting from a place of passion is so important. Loving what you do, what you sell, and truly caring about your customers is key - the rest of the business will naturally align around that genuine passion and care".

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Tina Cheng, Capsul

“There’s no perfect execution in entrepreneurship. Passion, persistence, and willingness to take market feedback are the keys to overcoming the inevitable challenges and failures. “

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Rose Shattuck, The Foggy Dog

“I wish I had been told what I had to learn the hard way: hire people to help BEFORE you think you need it. I tend to be stubbornly scrappy, and during our first holiday season, I fulfilled all of the orders myself instead of hiring help. After weeks of ten-hour days solely spent packing up orders, I was at a low point and starting to re-think my life choices. This holiday season, I have two people helping me and the difference is magical!”

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Sherry Lee, Esselle

“Find your strength quickly and outsource everything else because you are capable of anything, but you cannot do everything!”

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Lauren Butler and Brandon Alpert, Yes Cocktail Co.

“Our advice is to commit 100 percent to your dream. Toe-dipping rarely leads to a full-fledged business. As Ron Swanson says “Never half-a** two things, whole-a** one thing. “ You’ll never really know if your business will take off unless you put everything you’ve got into it.”

 
Lindsay Meyer