Growing a Business from Dorm to Warehouse - feat. Katie Guiliano of Hosanna Revival

    Welcome to the Biz Batch Podcast, where we make biz strategy a piece of cake. I'm Elizabeth. And I'm Cammy, but you might know us better. As Eliza and Calligraphy and Cammy Monet, we want to help you, our fellow Stationers artists and calligraphers confidently build a profitable and personality driven creative biz.

    We're here to share our honest to goodness advice and actionable strategies for ambitious artists. So put on your party hat. Quit being a procrastinator gator, and let's get this party started. Hello everybody. Welcome back to the Biz Birthday Bash podcast. It is Elizabeth again today. Cammy is still on maternity leave at the time that we are recording this.

    So even though this episode is going to be coming out sometime in late May, Cammy is not here for the recording, but I have an amazing guest here today. She is the second person in the history of our podcast to return for a follow up episode. So it is Katie Ofa revival with us today. Hello, Katie. It is so great to have you back.

    I'm honored to be back for the second edition, . Yes, so much to talk about since we have last spoken in the fall of 2019. But for people who aren't familiar with Katie, I am going to read her bio really quick and then we'll get into it because we have a lot of great questions for her today. So Katie has had one mission in mind since launching her creative brand over six years ago.

    Excite women to engage in scripture by creating beautiful and intentional tools for their lives. By paving the way in the market for beautiful Bibles and other faith-based tools, HOA Revival has become a well known Christian brand among young women. As the brand has grown, Katie is so honored to continue providing truth and encouragement to Thea Revival community through beautiful tools and their social media community.

    So I love the little snippet. There's so much that has like changed and grown since we've talked. So let's start right off the bat with what are the biggest things that have changed for revival since we last aired an episode, which was the fall of 2019. Oh my gosh, it's so fun to reflect on cuz like truly, so much, so much has changed including a pandemic

    Oh my gosh. Right. We, we have no idea what was coming at that point. Nope. Yeah, so we, we have always created beautiful bubbles and then other faith based paper grids is how we like to put it. And so that, you know, requires warehousing and, and we've got a small team. And kind of all the tasks of small business at that point in 2019 were divvied up.

    I think between like five of us. Our team wasn't very big. I'll have to check, double check that, but that sounds about right. Mm-hmm. . Yeah. Yeah. So we had our office in our warehouse in one building and we were just working hard and trying to make things happen back then. But since then, we have since bought a new building and we moved our whole shipping operation and our office, It was actually just right across the street, but we got a building that was three times this size as the one we were renting.

    Mm-hmm. . And so we, we renovated that and we're now fully in that building. It's been just over a year since we closed on that. Um, and we closed March, 2021. So that has been so exciting. Yeah. That's huge. Okay, so you guys went from renting to buying. Yes. So the thought process behind that, when you evaluated everything, like tell us why that made sense for you guys.

    Yeah. So we are in a, a really unique area in Cincinnati, Ohio. Um, where we live, Lockland is this tiny little technically a village and it's just kind of a ghost town. So we had really cheap rent where we were so that it wasn't actually a cost issue, but a building. We needed more warehouse space. Mm-hmm.

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