Preliminary Coffee Equipment Supply List

We are ready to get real about opening our shop. In order to do that, we need to be realistic about the scope of a shop we can afford, and that includes the interior as well as the shop itself. As Mom wrote about in her blog, Future Coffee Shop- It’s about time! Over the…

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Long-Distance Partnership Test Run

It sounds corny, but in today’s globalized world, it is inevitable that you will work with someone on a purely virtual basis, or be forced to work on long-term projects with someone while they are out of town for a significant amount of time for that project. Check out this article on 21 Statitstics About…

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4 Things We Learned From Our First Big Order

Last week we had our first big order; and by big order, I mean huge order. We planned, baked, packaged, and delivered one thousand cookies all in under a week. We also both have full-time jobs outside of ASC, and we had a full market as well. So to say the least, it was a…

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In Conversation: Our 6 Goals for 2019

Now that a full week into the new year has passed, we thought it was a good time to post our top 6 business goals for 2019. Do you have any goals for your small business this year? Let us know in the comments what are your biggest focus is this year. Be more prepared…

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In Conversation: Top 10 Lessons Learned from 2018

Howdy Cookie Lovers! The new year is quickly approaching, and as most people do during the holiday season when they are not shopping, we have mapped out some lessons learned from 2018. Read below for our top 10 lessons learned about starting a business. The Business does not run itself This one seems like a…

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Instagram, it’s a learning process.

This morning I was groggy. I could barely make myself get out of bed. My cat was calling for his food from the other room, my phone was full of unread emails, and my to-do list was not doing itself. I literally rolled out of my bed, my feet catching their balance before I hit…

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Intuit Quickbooks: A Review

Disclaimer: This is by no means a paid advertisement for Intuit Quickbooks systems, and we would love to hear from you if you’ve had similar/different experiences or if you have used a different platform for organizing your finances when building up your business. Also, neither of us are trained financial advisors and are solely writing…

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In Conversation: Brainstorming our Business Plan

This week we gave ourselves a little bit of homework. We each sat down separately and tried to brainstorm ideas of what we want our business to look like over the next couple of years. Next week, we will combine the two into one business model/plan. The questions we gave each other are in bold,…

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Our Start-Up Business Model

A Simple Cookie (ASC) is an Arizona, home-based kitchen, with a somewhat limited range of prepared baked goods that we sell at local farmers’ markets, special events, wholesale to businesses and special orders for individuals.  At this time, we are confined to sell within the state of Arizona, which is one of the parameters of…

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In Conversation: Business Status Update

 Today we are discussing the status of our business, where we are, what we are looking to transition to, and things that we are still trying to figure out. Laurie/Mom:  Okay, we started out with farmers’ markets in order to actually see if there was a demand, or I guess we just wanted to see…

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