Archives for September 2013

Stay The Course

I believe the best advice I received when I began my stork rental business nearly 12 years ago was to stay the course.  It takes time to build your business foundation. Therefore, it takes time to earn income from a busy stork rental business.  As you are building your business you may go through periods of time where you are doing all the right things to grow and market your business, yet you may not be seeing the results you’d dreamed of. Don’t allow yourself to become discouraged or tempted to quit.  It’s not uncommon for results to take longer than you planned. As you are working to grow your stork rentals, be patient with yourself and the process, and continue to reaffirm the belief in the outcome you desire. A strong vision of an outcome you truly desire is the foundation for persistence and self-discipline.

Here are some tips to help you stay the course:

1. Stay positive. Your attitude is very important. Keep it positive and know that you have what it takes to succeed. Think possibilities and you will be able to focus on the opportunities that present themselves to grow your business.

2. Be persistent. Stay committed and take action every day toward your goal. Patience and persistence will pay off in the end. Compare your efforts to those of a gardner. He plants a seed and waits for it to sprout and grow. He doesn’t see immediate results, but continues to water and fertilize the seed because he knows it will eventually grow into a beautiful flower.

3. Enjoy the process.  Take pleasure in each milestone and continue on the way.  And don’t forget that the journey toward success is a marathon, not a sprint.

Are you willing to stay the course?

”You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” ~ Les Brown

Stork Stories with Stork Lady Partners Cindy & Buddy Clarke of Richmond, VA ~ Storks and More, Inc. ~ Stork Yard Sign Birth Announcements

Storks and More, Inc.
Stork Sign Rentals
Richmond, VA
804-741-3866

Today we have another chapter in the Stork Stories series in which I interview partners and find out why they chose this home business opportunity and why they enjoy it so much.

Today we’re hearing from Cindy Clarke of Storks and More, Inc. in Richmond, Virgina.   She and her husband, Buddy, have been Stork Lady Partners for eight years and provide stork sign rentals in the greater Richmond, VA area. They also have two additional businesses which were born from their stork rental business, Flamingo Nightmares and Santa’s Secretary.

Stork Lady (SL):  Cindy, tell us a little about you and your family and who works with you in the business.

Cindy:  When our last daughter graduated, we thought we were finished with school supplies and would be empty nesters.  Six years ago we received a surprise blessing. We are parents to a 5-year-old little girl who thinks she is the owner of the business!  She isn’t shy about running up to pregnant ladies to hand them a business card.

SL: Why did you decide to start a home based business?

Cindy: My husband was in a car accident which ended up keeping him from returning to a full time job.  We needed extra money and a flexible way to earn it. My sister originally owned  Storks and More, Inc. but she was working full time and decided to offer the business to us.  We thought the Stork Lady signs were so cute and we knew the business would provide the flexibility we needed to earn extra money. We grabbed it and have not looked back.

SL: How much time do you spend on your business in a normal week?

Cindy: It varies.  Buddy loves to make sure all our signs are in tip top shape, so he is constantly cleaning them.   We try to make good use of our time and combine deliveries and pick ups whenever possible.  It’s probably a good 15-20 hr week.

SL: How has being in this business affected your life?

Cindy: First and foremost, it has allowed my husband to feel like he is contributing to the household.  It’s helped pay for things that we wouldn’t have been able to pay for otherwise.

SL: What do you like most about being in this business?

Cindy: It’s a happy and fun business!

SL: What advice do you have for someone just starting out in the stork rental business?

Cindy: Be willing to put yourself out there to market your business. Always present yourself professionally.  Take pride in your product and be respectful of others.

SL: What personal qualities does a person need to be successful in this business?

Cindy: I think a cheerful attitude and personality helps.  And remember, even if they are wrong, the customer is always right!   Sometimes you’ll be given the wrong birth information. When it happens, just smile, offer to fix it, and move on!

SL: What advice would you give someone starting out as a Stork Lady partner?

Cindy: Forget the stencils and spring for a vinyl cutter. There is no comparison in the difference between a bundle made using a vinyl cutter and a bundle made with stencils and a paint pen. Using a vinyl cutter will greatly elevate the look of your business and help increase rentals.  For most people it’s all about how the stork sign looks in their yard.

SL:  Tell us about your other businesses which have grown from your stork rental business.

Cindy:  We have two additional services born out of our stork rentals.   The first is Flamingo Nightmares . We offer pink flamingo rentals, as well as other signs & critters to celebrate birthdays and all occasions.  Not long after we began to rent stork announcement signs we began to get calls asking if we offered lawn greetings for birthdays and other occasions.   So we began to add different themes and displays to our inventory and Flamingo Nightmares was born.

Santa’s Secretary.com

We also thought it would be fun to offer a service associated with Christmas to the parents and grandparents who rent our storks, as well as to all parents and grandparents across the USA.    Santa’s Secretary sends a letter from Santa to any girl or boy across the USA.  This is not your ordinary “Letter from Santa”.  Santa’s Secretary is much more thorough than those other web sites.  We take the extra time to learn about your child’s interests, and  we customize every letter. This is no cookie-cutter form letter. Each letter is written with your child in mind. Since Santa’s Secretary does not use form letters, we take the extra time to compose a personalized letter. This approach helps in the illusion for your child and makes them truly believe in the magic of Santa and the season. Our letter makes them feel as if Santa really does know them, and has been watching them.  Each letter is hand signed in ink, by Santa, and each envelope has an authentic North Pole postmark. To add to the magic, we offer an authentic “Santa” wax seal on the envelope, and a follow up postcard from Santa during the Summer to remind your child that Santa is still watching.  Receiving a letter from Santa is not only exciting for a child, but also lots of fun for parents and grandparents too.

Thanks, Cindy!

If you are in need of a stork sign rental, a fun birthday sign  or a pink flamingo flocking in Richmond, VA please call Cindy or Buddy at  804-741-3866.  If you’d like to order a customized letter from Santa for a favorite child in your life please visit Santa’s Secretary. As of today, there are only 74 days left to request a custom letter from Santa for delivery this Christmas season.

Once Upon A Stork Is A Family Affair in Clayton, NC ~ Stork Yard Sign Birth Announcements ~ Raleigh, NC

Once Upon A Stork
Clayton, NC stork sign rentals
919-601-5902

We’d like to welcome the Sasser & Antrobus families to the Stork Lady family.  Joey & Ashby Sasser and Becky & Jeff Antrobus are family (Joey & Becky are siblings).  They are also business partners of Once Upon A Stork in the Clayton, NC area (Johnston County).  Becky shared with us that the two couples were inspired to begin this venture together following the recent births of their children.  Joey & Ashby have two sons Cameron (3) and Caleb, born on August 18th.  And Becky & Jeff welcomed Abigail on June 26th.

After much thought and prayer the couples chose to become Stork Lady partners to supplement their income in an enjoyable yet successful way.  Their goal is to make Once Upon A Stork a well known name in Johnston County, North Carolina NC and the surrounding area.  They are thrilled to offer stork sign rentals to new parents and grandparents because they know first hand how fun and memorable it is to receive a stork sign upon arriving home from the hospital with a brand new baby.

Once Upon A Stork offers the cutest storks in all of Johnston County, Wake County, Wayne County, Wilson  County and Harnett  County, NC.   Areas of service include Archer Lodge, Benson, Clayton, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma,  Smithfield, Wilson’s Mill,  Apex, Cary, Fuquay, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Raleigh, Wendell, Fremont, Goldsboro, Lucama, Wilson, Angier, Buies Creek and Dunn, North Carolina. Please call ( 919)-601-5902 to rent a stork to celebrate the birth of a special baby in the greater Clayton, NC area. Please check out their  page and be sure to “like it” so you can watch their business grow.

 

 

 

 

 

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