Monkeys and More

Introduce your business and tell us your story: How did you decide on what to sell, and how did you source your products?

We always liked making kids toys so I decided to sell sock monkeys. Everyone loves em and they are an old fashioned toy that could be kept forever! Everything is made in our basement / workshop. We used the internet to find suppliers.

How did you earn your first sales? Which channels are now generating the most traffic and sales for you?

We posted on Shopify and two hours later we had our first sale. It was so cool to put our product online and see someone buying it! We get a lot of traffic with Twitter and Facebook. We are getting more and more popular as the time goes by with word of mouth.

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Tell us about the back-end of your business. What tools and apps do you use to run your store? How do you handle shipping and fulfillment?

Twitter, Facebook and Shopify are the main three we use. All three work hand-in-hand to bring in and secure the business. We ship using Canada Post. We take every order as it comes in and create from there. We do everything by hand so it takes a bit of time. You know you are getting a quality product when you order from us!

What are your top recommendations for new store owners?

Be persistant and never give up. Use the right online programs for your business. People will buy your products, it just takes time and you have to believe and love what you are doing.

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