Where I Get My Small Business Supplies
I have spent (and will continue to spend) countless hours researching all the ins and outs of starting a business from scratch. It's an exhausting process, but it has been really cool to see it all finally come together.
When I first decided to start MAIS OUI, I had already dived deep into Business TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest. I watched so many Youtube videos that I'm pretty sure I paid some people's rent based on how many ads I suffered through. And I've got to say - I feel so lucky that I have all of this information at the tip of my fingers! There are so many intelligent entrepreneurs out there sharing their information, free of charge, for people like me - how cool is that?!
One of the biggest challenges I thought I would face was narrowing down my vendors - what products I would be getting from where. It seemed like a daunting task at the time but, even though we're not done expanding and finding our space out here in cyber world, it honestly wasn't too bad. So I'm going to share with you a few of the vendors and products we used to help start MAIS OUI Designs.
We are far from done when it comes to packages - we've got a lot of future plans. But we have a great start!
EcoEnclose is a company dedicated to sustainability. They offer a wide variety of small business products. In the near future we hope for our packaging to be almost exclusively EcoEnclose. We love their brand and what they stand for, and we are always looking to do better to help the environment.
Did you know - the United States Postal Service offers free packaging supplies for small businesses!? That's where we are getting our first shipments of packaging for your orders! Trying to start a business and be frugal at the same time is not really the easiest thing in the world, so I was very happy to find this option.
While there are a few different well-known companies to go through for wholesale apparel, we decided to go through Jiffy Shirts! Their website is easy to navigate, the wholesale discounts rock, and the shipping is really quick! We might look around in the future, but so far we're loving Jiffy!
Although making stickers myself would be really easy, it would also be quite time consuming. Knowing this, and having a fairly cheap option available, I decided to outsource my stickers from the beginning. We do this through Sticker Mule. Their prices are great (free shipping!), their discounts are great, and sometimes they even give you more then you ordered! Best of all, I don't have to worry about a thing other than designing the sticker. It gives me time to focus on other stuff, which has been super handy the past few weeks.
I debated about using Cricut heat transfer vinyls for our apparel, but after some researched I decided to go with Screen Printed Transfers. For this, we decided to go through Transfer Express. Their customer service is top knotch and their prices are really great. We also got our heat press from them!