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Some products force you to choose between style and sustainability. But Hey Poppy thinks you shouldn’t have to. The shop offers three different types of products: sustainable items, Scandinavian decor, and Healing products. Read about how the company brings them all together in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.
What the Business Does
Offers sustainable home and Healing products.
Co-founder and CEO Abhilasha Singh told Small Business Trends, “Hey Poppy is all about sustainable living, chic Scandinavian interiors, and Healing products such as crystals. Our products are made out of bamboo or cotton that is sourced from Vietnam and Indonesia, we also ethically source crystals for our Healing products from India.”
Mixing sustainability with style.
Singh says, “While doing our research we found that most of the sustainable products weren’t stylish enough. Or if things were stylish then it wasn’t usable enough. So we focus on curating good looking products with better value proposition.”
How the Business Got Started
After a trip through Nordic countries.
Singh explains, “I realized how Nordic regions were sustainable and very much concerned about the environment. And at the same time, their products were very chic. From a simple coaster to full size furniture, designs were simple, materials were sustainable and definitely durable. Given that we are from Asia, a region that does really well when it comes to Rattan and bamboo products, I thought of bringing together the best of both the world. And voila: Hey Poppy was born!”
Securing the first sale.
Singh says, “Hey Poppy is still relatively new. But as a business owner, I would say my first order was surreal. I am sure it applies to all the business owners. But you really never forget your first order. I remember the excitement that I had while packing the order with all the love and happiness. Till this date I am thankful for the person who gave me my first order. It gave me courage to continue further.”
Starting a business during COVID.
Singh says, “Our supply chain was broken, we were unsure of the future, we were using our capital and so forth and so on. It was surely hard for us as a business. But starting a business during a pandemic taught me that if I can survive this then there is no looking back.”
How They’d Spend an Extra $100,000
Singh adds, “Expansion in terms of product category as well as region. Also, we will use a chunk of that money for quicker shipping.”
Team Communication Strategy
A popular chat app.
Singh says, “Believe it or not but most of the major business decisions between me and my employees are done on Whatsapp. What can I say we are millennials like that. *wink*”
“Miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost.
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This article, “Spotlight: Hey Poppy Brings Scandinavian Design, Sustainability Together” was first published on Small Business Trends
What is as unique, authentic and differentiating to your personal brand as a handwritten thank you note in a world of email, text messages and instant message? The answer: following through on promises and closing the loop, even if conflict is involved or you don’t have the answers.
Friends and colleagues are generally surprised when you take the time to follow-up. How many emails have you received saying, “thanks for getting back to me so quickly?” or “I appreciate your follow-up and for providing that information?” It makes you feel good and you get an extra boost of dopamine in your brain, right?
Take a minute and reflect upon how well you do on follow through. Taking out a piece of paper and pen for an informal “Real Deal” quiz. Rate yourself on a scale from 1-5 (1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest).
- When you commit to writing a recommendation or review on LinkedIn, how often do you do it?
- When you promise to introduce colleagues for networking purposes, how quickly do you do it?
- After a conference, do you follow-up with new people that you meet?
- When a team member asks you for information, how many times does he have to remind you?
- If a sales person sends you a cold-call email, how often do you respond?
Chances are, you thought to yourself when reading this, “oh my goodness. I have room for improvement.” So no need for formal scoring!
Don’t feel bad. We live in a world where multi-tasking is part of our day-to-day survival. We balance work, family, money, household needs, friends, health and exercise, to name a few. Many of us self-talk our way through the day, saying “Everything is great. Everything is awesome. I am great. I am awesome.”
Unfortunately in solving our follow through challenges so that we avoid undermining our personal brands, there is no Program Management Office to help us with our day-to-day follow through. As professionals, it is up to us to make sure that we do what we say. Here are some simple tips:
- Follow through in the moment: If you are enjoying coffee with someone who needs an introduction, stop, pull out your smart phone and make the introduction. If you do it in the moment, it is up to the other person to kick the ball forward. It’s one of the few times that using your smart phone in a coffee shop or restaurant, or multi-tasking in front of someone else isn’t rude.
- Write it down: Tasks on our to-do-lists, are typically not forgotten and do get done.
- No thank you: Saying “no thank you” or declining “a request or invitation is okay. Sometimes we just need to do it and not feel guilty. Imagine if the community bank client would have said to the executive coach, “I’m not much of a LinkedIn user and am sorry that I won’t be able to write you a recommendation. I would be willing to serve as a reference if another client were to call.”
- Lose the temptation to ignore: If someone sends a long email request, ask the individual to cut through the details and be more specific about what they need or want. If the task is too daunting, let the person know that you are struggling and could use extra time, or to talk it through. If you are regretting promising to connect someone with a colleague, let them know that it’s not a good time. Just don’t ignore others.
Remember, people do not just listen to what you say. Your credibility, trust and integrity of your personal brand is on the line, based upon what you do. Imagine a game of Simon Says. If you were to say to your group, “Simon Says, put your hands on your hips” and you put your hands on your head, what do you think would happen? More than half the group would put their hands on their heads.