How I Manage #allthethings

Here's the thing: I don't.

Shocker. 

This blog my post is my confession of what life truly looks like behind the scenes.

I want to do this because I know that I have watched people online and believed the lie that they are living a highly organized, perfectly planned, routined, and problem-free lifestyle. I also believe that their business is stronger, better, and more successful than mine.

Pregnancy and Business

Truth be told, being pregnant is hard. There I said it. I am not going to say it again and it only needs to be said once. You can always read about what I’ve learned about pregnancy in this post.

For today’s purposes, I want to talk about how I have managed pregnancy and business ownership.

Rachel Allene Backstory Part Three

If you haven’t read part one or part two of the Rachel Allene backstory, you should. Read part one here and part two here.

Once I found out I was pregnant, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to continue running the business I had been running once the baby was born. I wasn’t naive to the fact that running a business and being a mom is not easy. And I am completely aware that I will have less time to spend on the business once the babe is born.

Women with Purpose | Interview with Nevica Vasquez

I am so excited to continue with the new blog series for the Rachel Allene blog! This past year, I have learned so much about growing a business, building a brand, increasing online sales, growing a mailing list, etc. through the influence and expertise of other highly creative and talented women. They have encouraged me, inspired me, and taught me to be fearless in my pursuits. They run their businesses with intention, purpose, and with a heart to give back. I am excited to start sharing some interviews with these women. They will offer insight, real talk, and actionable steps for growing a successful and profitable business (while making a difference!)

Rachel Allene Backstory Part Two

If you haven’t read part one of the Rachel Allene backstory, read that here.

So, last time we left off with my first set of mugs selling for Christmas of 2015. After those sales, I decided to invest in producing a larger quantity. So, I made two more mug designs and launched them around February of 2016.

Product Shoppin' Ain't Easy! | Guest Blog Post

Today's post is a guest blog post written by Lisa Goins of Surprise Gift Co. 

I have this new favorite notepad in our Mother’s Day gift, it says Mommin’ Ain’t Easy! As a mom of 4 I can certainly (and wholeheartedly) verify that statement as truth. It’s easy to go through my days thinking I wish someone had told me it would be like this. As a second year online product-shop owner, I can also verify a similar statement- product shoppin’ ain’t easy… It’s hard and I wish someone had told me this. Not smirked and told me in an “it’s not that difficult, you’ll figure it out” kind of way. If only a wiser product shop owner had sat me down, looked me square in the eyes with their gameface on and said: “you might not survive this”

Baby Heckmann Baby Shower

As I write this recap of the Baby Shower, I am 31 weeks pregnant, So, we are in the final stretch (kinda)!

I will forewarn you and let you know that this is a image heavy post, so if you don't feel like scrolling, I won't be offended. 

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Women with Purpose | Interview with Ashley Beaudin

I am so excited to continue with the new blog series for the Rachel Allene blog! This past year, I have learned so much about growing a business, building a brand, increasing online sales, growing a mailing list, etc. through the influence and expertise of other highly creative and talented women. They have encouraged me, inspired me, and taught me to be fearless in my pursuits. They run their businesses with intention, purpose, and with a heart to give back. I am excited to start sharing some interviews with these women. They will offer insight, real talk, and actionable steps for growing a successful and profitable business (while making a difference!)

What I Learned From Running An Online Instagram Challenge

If you’ve been around here for a bit, I hope that you learned about #theheartfeltgrid challenge that I hosted back in February! It was a super fun, exciting, mind-blowing challenge that I hosted on Instagram. The challenge was for business owners who wanted to learn about growing an Instagram feed with authenticity, real talk, and honest confessions. If you didn’t participate, you can still get access to all the content! You can sign up here and go through the challenge at your pace.

Creative Hub Conference | Join me!

I wish I had taken advantage of educational opportunities earlier in my business. There is so much value and worth in learning from others who have gone before you. I went to my first conference in 2016 and since then, my business has never looked the same. I've been able to crush goals, take risks, and make connections that never would have happened without the influence and experience that comes from a conference. 

Business Resources You Need in Your Business

Running a business is a lot of work. 

There are countless hats we wear as entrepreneurs. Every day, I am a CEO, operations manager, accountant, marketing manager, shipping and fulfillment coordinator, customer service representative, sales account manager, social media manager, personal chef, chief decision maker (CDM), copywriter, graphic designer, joy and grace cultivator, and so much more. 

Helpful Advice from Successful Product Shop Owners | FREE DOWNLOAD

When I started my business, my business mentors were countless blog posts and free resources. I wasn’t making much money and I just didn’t have the resources to pay for a mentor. I knew it would be a dream come true to have that type of coaching at my disposal, but it wasn’t possible.