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…
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.
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.
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
When you live as a broke entrepreneur, you take what you can get.
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.
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.
My favorite? Honey. Can you tell that an important part of running a startup is bargaining?