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Podcast: Taking On Craft Business Investors, with Alicia DiRago
All images in this post from Alicia DiRago, used with permission.
This show offers up a very interesting story: Alicia DiRago launched Whimseybox about a year ago. It's a subscription service, where you pay to get a monthly box of craft supplies mailed to you. There's also an online community where you can get ideas and share what you've made from those supplies.
I met Alicia when she was just starting this business, and I was impressed with her enthusiasm. I was even more impressed when I learned that she'd enrolled herself in Excelerate Labs, a business-startup program that not only mentors aspiring companies, but offers them an investment deal as well. So now, Alicia has capital to use in hiring a team, developing her website and doing lots of marketing - making growth happen fast.
What are the upsides and challenges of this kind of growth? Is this kind of approach better or worse than, say, opening an Etsy shop? And what happens when you choose to stop being a one-person company early on?
Alicia answers all these questions and more. I hope you enjoy her story!
• Visit Whimseybox.com to see the boxes and online community.
• Curious about the Excelerate Labs program Alicia applied for? Learn more here.
Alicia also graciously offered up all these links to resources that have helped her in growing her business. It's a treasure trove - thanks, Alicia!
• Books Alicia Likes: