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How I Launched A $1.5K/Month Science Box For Kids

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Whitney Bowen, the founder of Fem ‘n STEM science boxes shares her story of building a $1.5k per month business in a few short months. Whitney sells “STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) themed boxes with all of the necessary materials to carry out four science experiments per box.” This is a good look into what it took to get the business started.

StarterStory is a premium site, but there are free articles available each month. It’s a good site to see what it takes to get a business started.

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DTC (Direct-to-Consumer) Businesses on Trends

DTC (Direct-to-Consumer) Businesses on Trends

Dru Riley is covering Direct to Consumer retail on this week’s edition of his Trends.vc newsletter. Subscription businesses like Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s are very lucrative businesses.

One interesting prediction is the importance of influencers in this space. Having an audience to market to is critical. Influencers will increasingly create their own product lines, rather than just promote others.

Matt Ward’s analysis on online retailing is also worth a read if you are interested in this space.

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Birchbox’s Katia Beauchamp On Scaling Relationships, Building Trust, And More

Birchbox’s Katia Beauchamp On Scaling Relationships, Building Trust, And More

Katia Beauchamp talks about how she started the the 8-figure subscription beauty box company Birchbox.

The value of positioning: Cosmetic companies typically give away samples, and up to 90% end up unused. Birchbox sells samples and customers go to buy more of what they like. See Sam Page’s “What are you really selling?

Hustling for first customers: They got 200 boxes made and asked 40 people they knew to email friends about the business. Those first customers lead to 1000 people on their email list.

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