Monday, August 3, 2009
Name and Location: Sarah in Sydney
Your business? Little Billies
How long has Little Billies been operating? 12 months in October
What inspired you to start your business? I wanted to encourage my son in good behavior with a reward chart. When I searched what was already available I didn’t find anything that rewarded kids for heart attitudes! What was available was all about life skills like going to the toilet, making the bed, etc (which is important, but I wanted both life skills and heart attitudes). I wanted to encourage my son (and children to come) in things like sharing, kindness, manners and other values that we as a family deem as important in raising our kids. When I drew up my first chart it was just a laminated sheet with a few stickers. I soon found that I got lazy in using it because it required me to draw up new charts and purchase new stickers. I then decided to move the chart into a magnetic form. The chart is magnetic and the reward stickers are magnetic. It means that it is so easy to use, and is reusable time and time again with no need to purchase anything else! Then making the step into business was easy, I had a new friend over and she was ecstatic when she saw the chart on the fridge and immediately asked where she could get one….. and then just spurred me on.
What are your top 3 best selling items? Definitely the Reward Charts, probably in the pack form, the Morning Routine Chart would come next and then My Week (which is personally my favourite!)
What is a “typical” work day for you? A typical work day is worked around the kids routines. A couple of hours in the middle of the day during sleep/rest time for the kids, a few stolen moments to check emails while the kids are watching tv and in between doing housework and all the domestic duties. The day then finishes off sitting on the lounge with hubby with my laptop while he watches tv for a few more hours of solid work!
When you’re not working, what do you do for fun? My work is my fun, I love it! It re-energises me and I love the thought that perhaps I am helping mums and dads to have a more positive and proactive approach in their homes.
If I gave you $200 and two hours to spend it only on yourself, what would you do? I love stationery supplies. Kikki-K could very well be the lucky recipient of the $200 and I would spend the two hours just browsing through the shop deciding.
You can visit Sarah's fantastic store here: Little Billies. She also has a very imformative blog: Little Billies Blog.
**Little Billies is offering one lucky reader a $25 gift voucher to spend at the Little Billies store! All you need to do is visit Little Billies and leave a comment HERE at Mama Loves to Shop, telling us which product you think would be the most useful in your own home. Winner will be drawn on Friday, 8pm.**