The leaves may be just starting to turn golden, but Halloween costumes, candy and decorations have been front and center on shelves and in storefronts for weeks now. It won’t be long before Thanksgiving décor is added to the seasonal display. With the holiday season racing our way, let’s find out how some entrepreneurs are prepping today for their busiest time of year. (By the way, all of these business owners will be selling their wares at QB Connect 2018 in San Jose (November 5-7th). If you’re there, be sure to stop by and say howdy! (Want to attend QB Connect but haven’t registered yet? Click here.)
“We are making fresh batches of soaps, candles and all of our other products to have a big stock for the holiday rush. We are booking holiday markets and shows to sell at, and planning our own craft show at our retail store in Los Angeles.” – Sandee Ferman and Callie Milner, the mom and daughter team behind No Tox Life
“We're growing our handwriting artist community like crazy right now. We've got all of our card art set, and we're starting to reach out to companies for pre-orders. I always feel behind for the holidays, but each year we get a little more ahead of the curve. Someday I'll feel right on schedule ... I hope!” – Alexis Monson (@lexmon), founder of Punkpost
“We are currently stocking up on inventory and manpower for the extra help needed during the season ahead.” – Patti Lee-Hoffmann, founder of Flutter Eyewear
“I've finally hired someone to help me in the kitchen making the peanut butters. I've also invested in some equipment that will help me make larger batches. Both of those will help free me up to market the product a little better and to think of some fun gift ideas!” -- Chris Viscount, founder of Utopian Kitchen
“We are starting production for holiday dresses now. I’m also working on some fun new accessories and PJ sets that will be great for gifts.” –Gabrielle Lutze, founder of Big Kiss Little Kiss
“We have a few new styles we’re releasing for the holidays. We’re working on packaging these into smaller featured collections we’ll be promoting in different ways.” – Arya Cayton, founder of EST/WST bags, backpacks and accessories
QB Community members, how are you prepping for the holiday season? When did you start gearing up for the busy time ahead?
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