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With Love From T To You
Theresa started With Love From T To You in 2017. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on With Love From T To You?
Ever since I was a young kid I have always loved cooking, making art, and writing. But it wasn’t until I went into High School that my passion for these grew exponentially. On my days off from school, I would be in the kitchen baking cookies, cakes, bread, or working on my next art project.
At a young age, I was diagnosed with Celiac disease which is a severe allergy to gluten (found in wheat, barley, and rye). I also developed a long list of other allergies to dairy, soy, eggs, various fruits, vegetables, and fishes which means my diet is limited to a select group of foods. Due to the changes in my dietary needs, this forced me to cook most of my meals at home and invest in a few dozen cookbooks. Over time once I became more comfortable with cooking to my needs I started creating my recipes and writing them down with the hopes that one day I could create my recipe book and blog.
Although my recipe book is still a work in the process, my blog is up and thriving! Seeing as I am someone who can’t eat a large group of foods I understand how difficult it can be for others on the same path as me, so I wanted to create a place to share all of these recipes; but not only recipes, DIYs, traveling tips and life hacks, crafts as well.
Starting my own small business is something that was in the works for years. First, I needed to create products that people would want to buy. So through trial and error, I finally found a group of items that attracted people’s interests.
Second, I needed to find a space that would work as my shipping and packaging center where I could sell my products from. Previously, I had found two stores that were willing to take my products and display them in their stores for people to buy. This was an informative experience but as anyone running/ wanting to start a small business will tell you, having to give 50% of your profits to someone else is not the best move financially. So I opted to remove my products from their stores and branch out on my own. I was looking for an online place that was safe, reputable, and would allow me to display my large range of products on. This is how I came across Etsy.
Etsy is an online selling platform that allows small businesses like myself to display and sell their products on. Getting setup was the easy part but the hard part came when attracting people. So I ran ads, created my advertisements, and handed out business cards. Although it took a while, just like with my blog, my hard work was finally paying off.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
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