The creation of Simply Rosy has been surprisingly easier than I expected. Two years ago, after making my own wedding invitations, I considered starting a custom invitation business, but I assumed that it would be too much work and so put the idea aside “for later”. I have thought about this idea quite a few times over the last two years, but at the beginning of this year, I decided that it was time to get serious.
I found a book about starting a home business, and I made TONS of notes in the margins as I read, listing everything I thought about possibly starting an invitation business. I decided that I would AT LEAST think of a business name and get it registered, and even if I only had one client during my first year, it would still be a start to a business that I could build over time.
In all honesty, it took me about 3 weeks to even think of ONE possible name! My husband was incredulous that it took me that long, but I just drew a complete blank. I am not ashamed to tell you that my initial “inspiration” came from a trip to the grocery store, and choosing “Simply Orange” OJ. My thought process went something like this, “Hmmm…’Simply’…that’s a nice word,” and it all fell into place after that.
I went through several different names before choosing “Simply Rosy”. At first, I liked Simply Perfect and Simply Pink, but those were both taken, so I looked to Crayola crayon names for inspiration. I liked the word “Glow” in one of the names, but Simply Glowing didn’t quite flow right, but I liked the idea of “glowing” as a happy word reminding me of flushed cheeks and “glowing brides”. So I then decided to look at synonyms for glowing, and “Simply Rosy” sounded PERFECT! I even thought of my logo right away.
I mentioned, to mostly family members and a few co-workers, that I was planning to start a business “on the side” making custom wedding invitations. Then a little over a week ago, a co-worker asked if I would be interested in making the invitations for a bridal shower that she was co-hosting. Needless to say that my response was a resounding, “YES!”
At that point, I decided that I needed to create some samples and get serious about designing my website. (All 11 samples on the site so far were designed and made in the two days following the inquiry of my first potential client, and the majority of the website has been built in the last week. Can you tell I was excited?!?!?)
So here we are! Simply Rosy is (mostly:) up and running; I have my first client; and I’m hoping to fill the remaining 9 spaces for the “Grand Opening Discount” (http://www.simplyrosy.com/discounts.htm), so I’ll be looking forward to your order!
~Kat – firstname.lastname@example.org