Business Name: WineShop At Homehttp://www.threelittlegrapes.com
Year Business Was Founded: 2002
Tell us about your business: WineShop At Home is a winery based in Napa. We make exclusive, handcrafted artisan wines that are unavailable in stores. As an Independent Wine Consultant I offer private in-home or office guided wine tastings for up to 16 people. At the end of the tasting, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the wines that they fell in love with. So, I basically get to drink and talk about wine for a living.
What inspired you to start your business? I have always loved wine and wanted to learn more about it. I am an at home mom and my husband is in sales. He won us a company trip to Cancun in April. I wanted to contribute, have extra income and really prove to him that I could have a thriving business. I also needed something mentally for me outside of the house but was flexible. I started looking at different business opportunities and found WineShop At Home. I could earn commisions, earn wine, earn crystal stemware and next January they have a trip to Italy that I intend to be on. The idea of being able to tell my husband that I earned us 6 days in Rome and Florence blows me away. I plan on building my business and building my team of successful wine consultants. There is so much training available. I am constantly in touch with my director. She is always there to give support and advice and that’s who I strive to be like. I am so happy that I decided to become an Independent Wine Consultant with WineShop At Home.
What has been the biggest challenge in your business and how have you dealt with it? The biggest challenge is getting the word out about your business in
order to book your first tastings. But with great friends and family to start you off it takes off. For every 40 wine lovers you know, they each know another 40. Don’t be so easy to take no for an answer. It’s your business and you have to roll with the punches and keep moving forward towards your goals.
What would you say has contributed to your business success? Great support from the company, family, friends and the networking groups that I have joined. Seeing the big picture. Instead of looking to see what’s in it for you, look to help others reach their goals and by doing that you will achieve yours.
What advice would you like to offer to other women/moms who are thinking about starting a business? Look for a product that you believe in. If you don’t believe in it, then your customers will see it and won’t buy from you. For me I love wine and our wine is amazing so it’s a no brainer. For someone else, they may love Mary Kay, Princess House, Partylite or Tupperware. You have to find what works for you. Also, you have to treat it as a business. Put aside time each day for it and actually work it. Make your calls, emails, join networking groups. Don’t give up! Everyone has off months and the first month can be discouraging for some. But keep at it! Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small.
What is your favorite tool/resources you use for your business and why? The company leaders at Wine Shop At Home are amazing. Their literally is no “I” in team in this company. Everyone is kind and beyond helpful. They help you to succeed and your personal business site has so much helpful information. Training calls, videos, forms. You name it they have it.
Share one business goal you have for your business: I have many goals. Right now it’s the trip to Italy. But, it’s achieving every little goal on my list that will get me there.