Let’s get one thing straight: You are kick ass.
If you’re here reading this, then chances are you are someone that is dissatisfied with the status quo. You’ve always been the one that wanted to work out their own path. You knew you were born to do something amazing, and you’re ready to get there.
That’s what Handmade Brooklyn is all about: a resource for entrepreneurs, small business owners, solopreneurs, movers and/or shakers. I want to help you work smarter in your business, not harder, so that you can achieve the life you want to lead.
In the blog I offer guides to business growth, book reviews (I read a LOT, and you should, too!), product evaluations, and, what most people especially love, my own failures in business. As embarrassing as they can be at times, I believe in being transparent here and on the podcast about how I’ve messed up. We’re all in this to learn from each other, you know? I hope to provide a resource and a community for entrepreneurs like you to flourish.
Basically, I’ve always been terrible at keeping secrets. I’ve never been able to keep my mouth shut when I find something really awesome (ask my competitors, some of them are my really close friends!) so Handmade Brooklyn is my platform to share it with all of you. I hope you love it!
I never intended to be a business owner.
Well, maybe I did. But I never really thought about it. You see, I got my degree in a blended program of Psychology, Sociology, and History (because I am a nerd). As it got closer to graduation, I realized that I’d have to go out into the professional world and that my degree was officially useless. I knew I’d have to start as a corporate drone somewhere, or maybe be someones assistant, and try to work my way up to middle management at best. The thought of being in the same cubicle, dealing with the same office politics, for the next 40 years of my life sounds like my own private hell. I knew I would have to figure out my own path, and I’d have to do it quickly.
I graduated and soon after launched my business, MSC Skin Care + Home (formerly Metropolis Soap Company, which is where the “MSC” comes from). I didn’t have a business background, and the thought of writing out a business plan sounded like really bad homework.
Needless to say, I probably did everything backwards. And yet, somehow my business garnered 5 industry awards; these clear glass pieces that you can’t see even if you’re looking directly at them, but all seem to have embarrassing titles like “Most Innovative” and “Best New Product.” They always make me a little uncomfortable (mostly because I’m afraid I’ll break them), but they prove that I didn’t need an MBA to figure out a path to success. When I saw my name appear in The New York Times, I knew there was no turning around. I was an entrepreneur.
What's with the name?
Way back in its infancy, Handmade Brooklyn was going to be a blog showcasing all of the independent makers, crafters, artisans, and artists I’ve met since moving here and running my own show. But over time, it slowly evolved into a blog about my own business life and struggles.
I guess now it doesn’t make much sense, but I have a weird affection for the name because of what it means when I was just starting out. Handmade Brooklyn now, to me at least, is a symbol of all the scrappy entrepreneurs out there who are fighting to make their businesses work. You don’t need to be in New York City, and you don’t need to make your products by hand to know the journey to success is a bumpy, long, hard, tough rode.
So let’s do it together, okay? I got your back.