Small Business, Small Steps: Frugal Fanny

Joey Harrison

It's funny, up until this point the things that have made me feel most like a real business aren't the Etsy sales or wholesale accounts, the customer service ups and downs, or even the products themselves, but the things that make me feel most like a mini factory, with product to move and sales to make and work to generate, are the boxes of bulk packing supplies currently sitting in my office. I know, that's weird. But, I'm going to let you in on a little secret I don't like spending money, and at the end of last week I finally bit the bullet and bought my first bulk anything for English Muffin.

There's a Frugal Fanny deep down inside me. I'm not sure exactly where she came from, but I have a feeling she made her first appearances right around the time I made the decision to pursue a career in contemporary dance. Here's another secret, dancers make peanuts. Really, they do and it's a shame. That's essentially the reason I decided to divert my attentions to my other passion, design, only a few years into my dance career. The writing was on the wall and I wasn't prepared to fight tooth and nail to eke out a place for myself in the dance world that could all come tumbling down if - heaven forbid, I ever got injured.

But I digress... the lesson at the end of this longish and slightly unfocused post is that investing in your business is a good thing, and packaging supplies (especially those in bulk) make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

image via Joey Harrison


  1. I just bought bulk mailing supplies as well! It was so frightening to invest that much for products that haven't sold yet. But I agree that there is something magical about being surrounded by mailers.

  2. I'm exactly the same way. The ironic thing is, it's more frugal to buy in bulk. Meh.

  3. where do you get your bulk packing supplies? i'm just about to open my etsy shop but don't know where to find nice, inexpensive packaging.

  4. thanks! for your comment and the info.


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