What they REALLY should have told me.

It has been exactly one year since I first pitched the concept of a “sustainable solution to the need of tampons and pads in the US” atStartup Weekend in Columbus, Ohio. In just one year, this pitch blossomed into a fully functional, profitable company known as Aunt Flow.Aunt Flow is a buy-one, give-one subscription box for 100% cotton tampons and pads.

Taking a business idea from Startup weekend to a profitable company is atrek, so here are some of the valuable lessons that I learned along the way…

1. GIANT EAGLE MARKET DISTRICT IS THE PRIME PLACE FOR A LATE NIGHT HUSTLE SESSION.

And for endless free wifi. That’s right, they are open 24/7 and they don’t force you off the wifi every hour. Additionally, they have a solid lunch buffet and a Starbucks hook-up right downstairs.

2. BOB EVANS IS MORE THAN JUST A MORGUE FOR AFTER-CHURCH-GOERS AND GRANDPARENTS.

Their bottomless drinks and wifi create for the perfect startup headquarters. Disclaimer: Plugging in at Bobs for hours and slurping your fifth refill of hot chocolate for $1.99 really pisses off your waiter, so make sure to tip well and use this location sparingly. Don’t be that guy.

3. CANVA WILL BE YOUR GRAPHIC DESIGNER FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF BUSINESS.

I still use Canva for any graphic design needs. I actually received a personal email from the company notifying me that I am one of their most active users. #goals

4. KROGER GIVES AWAY A FREE ITEM EVERY FRIDAY ON THE KROGER APP.

When you live as a broke entrepreneur, you take what you can get.

5. PANTONE COLORS MATTER.

When you finally find the colors for your business logo, immediately see if they translate to a Pantone color. Colors on the web are HEX colors. When printing, the colors are converted to Pantone. To save an unnecessary rebrand, make sure that your HEX color converts to Pantone.

6. ALWAYS MAKE SURE TO PRE-PRINT YOUR POSTAGE ONLINE.

Ditch the lines at the post office, and save yourself some dollars.Stamps.com offers some great pricing and services if you are shipping goodies frequently.

7. GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSIONS CAN SAVE YOU DOLLARS INSTANTLY WHEN CHECKING OUT ONLINE.

My favorite? Honey. Can you tell that an important part of running a startup is bargaining?

FOR MORE TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP FLOWING, FOLLOW AUNT FLOW @GOAUNTFLOW AND SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL LIST. FLOW FORWARD.

November 11, 2016

Claire

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Claire Coder is the founder and CEO of Aunt Flow. Now 19, the young entrepreneur spends her very limited free time dancing spastically, geeking out over podcasts, and dreaming of being on The Ellen Show. Claire loves chatting about religion, higher education, and left-handers, so shoot her an email on the contact page.