15 Things To Know When Starting A Successful Stationery Business

Want to start your own stationery business? Here are 15 tips you should know.

We've interviewed thousands of successful founders at Starter Story and asked what advice they would give to entrepreneurs who are just getting started.

Here's the best advice we discovered for starting a stationery business:

#1: Dominic Irons, founder of Ferrotype Ltd:

We chatted with with Dominic, founder of Ferrotype Ltd ($15K/month). In our interview, Dominic says:

No matter what your business is, you might need to think on your feet and adapt to the changes.

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#2: Jordyn, founder of Jordyn Alison Designs:

We chatted with with Jordyn, founder of Jordyn Alison Designs ($3K/month). In our interview, Jordyn says:

Stay focused on yourself and your journey. I often find myself feeling ‘behind’ other small businesses. Social media makes comparing yourself to others really easy.

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#3: Markus Hartel, founder of Raghaus:

We chatted with with Markus, founder of Raghaus ($25K/month). In our interview, Markus says:

Ideas are dime a dozen and it really comes down to execution.

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Inspiration is everywhere – look at things, anything really and sees how you can improve on it.

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#4: Gonzalo Mestre, founder of Sheedo Paper:

We chatted with with Gonzalo, founder of Sheedo Paper ($40K/month). In our interview, Gonzalo says:

You have to launch your product even if it's not perfect.

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The most important learning for me these years has been to focus on important things.

Further:

Shit will happen and you have to be flexible to make changes on your plan.

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Set realistic and measurable objectives and go for them.

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#5: Caylee Betts, founder of Swipies:

We chatted with with Caylee, founder of Swipies ($2K/month). In our interview, Caylee says:

Learning new skills is one of the greatest gifts my endeavors have given me

Additionally:

Despite my desire to make everything perfect before letting the world see it, it’s not necessary. Get your product out there and start getting feedback

Further:

Good ideas are everywhere and don’t have much value compared to execution

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#6: Ricardo Fernandez, founder of Fernaco:

We chatted with with Ricardo, founder of Fernaco ($10K/month). In our interview, Ricardo says:

I truly believe that perseverance and patience are the only distinguishing qualities between myself and anyone else.

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#7: Markus Hartel, founder of Raghaus:

We chatted with with Markus, founder of Raghaus ($25K/month). In our interview, Markus says:

Not every person is suited for every task and as a small business with a broad offering, this can be incredibly challenging. Look for your own weakness and hire for that – at the same time look for a person’s strength and hire them for their skill set, not the other way around.

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#8: Ruth Daro, founder of Seniman Calligraphy:

We chatted with with Ruth, founder of Seniman Calligraphy ($13K/month). In our interview, Ruth says:

So one day when my then boss passive aggressively asked what day I would like to show up for work that week, I told her ‘how about none?’... and never looked back.

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When I was first starting out I mainly looked for inspiration on Instagram. Nowadays I try to provide that inspiration I so needed as a fledgling artist. I’ve posted 5 days a week, every week for the last 4 years, which in turn provides followers that turn into loyal customers.

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