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Want to do it alone and not answer to another company but don't know where to start? Check out this business owner who started their business on their own!
Business Spotlight on:
Beautiful Gifts for the Ladies


Owner: Vicki D. Elam
Biz URL:
Phone: 541-892-2509
Address: Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Background information:

I've been an Entrepreneur for over 20 years and have owned 3 successful businesses. I'm happily married with 3 grown daughters and even had the privilege of home schooling them. I have lived in So. Oregon for 15 years and previously lived in So. Calif. I have traveled a lot thru out my life and still continue to do so. I decided about a year ago to take my candy wrapping business to the Internet. I did very well with that and also helped 30 women start their own candy wrappin biz's. I recently sold it and started my new business that offers handcrafted products from both myself and other WAHM'S! I love running an online business and hope to take it to the next level. Its hard work, take total commitment and hours and hours of promoting and advertising. I still have a lot to learn, but isn’t that what life is about?

Do you do some or all of your business online? What countries do you ship to?

I do about 95 percent of my business online. I only ship in the US and may consider shipping outside at a later date. I serve everyone!!

What products or services do you sell? For what age ranges?

My products consist of hand crafted wine charms, bracelets, necklace and earring sets, and bath and body products along with yummy candles. I'm also working on adding my new line of stationery gift sets and beautifully designed journals. Teens and adults purchase my products.

What’s your favorite product / service? Describe it and why you enjoy it the most.

My favorite products are the wine charms and the journals. I can use my creativity and there are so many ways to design these and its very relaxing and rewarding.

What do you wish to sell more of / provide more?

I would love to sell more of the Bath & Body products, only because I use them personally and believe in the product.


Do you have a mailing list? Where can we sign up?

Yes I have a mailing list. It’s on my home page on my web site.

What kind of payments do you accept?

Paypal, money orders and cashiers checks

Do you have specials, bargains, clearances, sales, etc?

I offer Free Shipping on some of the products but haven’t offered any sales yet.

Are you looking to expand your services and products?

Yes, in the near future

Do you support charity? Which one(s)?

ChemoAngels and 2theHeart

What skills, education or training must you have to work in this business?

Some business knowledge, computer skills, bookkeeping, organization and some business training would be helpful.

What do you love the most about being in business? What’s your biggest challenge?

I love owning my own business and working with people. Biggest challenge right now is getting more customers offline.

Give us your best marketing advice.

Promote, Promote, Promote and hand out biz cards everywhere I go and to everyone I come in contact with!

Give us your best business advice.

Stay focused, stay committed, follow thru and never be afraid to ask for help

Give us your worst mistake in business so far so that we may learn from it.

My worst mistake so far was allowing customers to rush me to do an order, doing it at the last minute then sending the orders out to the wrong people. I will never make that mistake again..LOL

Where do you go for support and networking?

I go to my hubby for support, I go to Ryze for networking, W2W, Bizymoms and and tons of message boards!

What special features like link exchanges, resources, etc do you carry on your site?

I do a lot of link exchanges and will continue to do so.

What else do you want us to know about your business?

I give excellent customer service. I answer emails within 24 hours. I try to always keep in contact with my customers so they know what’s going on with their orders and to offer the best product I can.

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