One of the first things a school-aged child is taught to do is tie their shoelaces. It’s a frustrating process, really, for both adult and child. The tutelage is never transmitted easily. Children’s noses wrinkle in concentration, frustrated by the way their unconditioned fingers fumble to make the bunny ears, or perfect the “loop, swoop, and pull” methodology. If they are lucky enough to get it right on the first try, the work is not yet over, for the nature of shoelaces is that they come un...
Artists & Artisans Business Advice Retail Small Business
Next to payroll, inventory is a shop owner’s largest controllable expense. So why aren’t more small businesses talking about it?
When your goal is to earn a profit, you wouldn’t take money out of the bank and put it back on your shelves, would you?
Well, we hate to break it to you, but if you are a retailer or wholesaler who does not have a strong inventory system in place – you might be doing just that.
Let’s put it this way: When opti...
Retail Small Business
Let’s be honest. You probably didn’t become a small business owner because you love running credit cards.
If you are like most entrepreneurs, you think of payment processing as something you just have to do in order to live your passion.
As you know, making and selling original products or services would not be possible without payment service providers (PSPs).
We know that choosing a PSP can be complicated. That’s why this week, we’re here to demystify them for you.
By Megan DeMatteo
We know the adage well.
Time, as they say, equals money.
But what do you do in a world that seems to be running out of both?
One of the reasons that we love what we do here at Bloomforth is that we get to empower small businesses like you. We believe in disruption, and we like to provide the technology that helps you sell your product easily so you can focus on living the life you want.
When you’re in control of your time, things flow more freely. Money comes when YOU need i...
What if everything you want is also seeking you?
If you’re a small business owner, it’s time you acted like this is true. Because when it comes to your customers, it probably is.
When you’re selling a service or product, chances are you’ve done a lot of thinking about your target customer – What is their age range? What do they like? What are their buying habits?
(If you don’t know the answer to that last question, Bloomforth’s done-for-you data analysis for retailers and wholesalers can show...
Blogs Business Advice Marketing Small Business
Every entrepreneur knows that from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, there are a thousand decisions to be made.
When you are your own boss, you might think you are too busy running your business to worry about data analysis.
Though it might feel like an extra step, analyzing your sales data ensures that the decisions you make are the right ones for your company.
At Bloomforth, we believe in the power of analysis when it comes to mak...
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If you’ve ever driven through the Hyattsville Arts District and loved the colorful new murals but missed the retro vibes of DC, you’ll be happy to learn that Michelle Smith-Maiden is bringing some flavor.
Michelle is the founder of Cookie Wear Couture, a DC-based vintage and apparel boutique that features handmade designs, curated clothing, and pop culture relics.
The company opened two stores along the Art District’s cor...
Getting focused is a concept for which I have great respect, in part, because of how challenging it can be. Though holding a specific focus during my yoga practice does not come easily to me, this yogic concept known as samyama can be profoundly transformational, taking my asana or meditation session to new heights.
In the Yoga Sutras, samyama doesn’t appear until Book Three, Sutra 3.4, where Patanjali explains samyama as occurring when the last three of yoga’s Eight Limbs are practiced simul...
By Megan de Matteo
This week, the Urban Farm School learned about the kind of topic that might make your mother nervous: wild mushroom hunting.
On Monday, local mushroom guru and self-proclaimed “philosoforester” Alan Muskat of No Taste Like Home took UFS students “out to eat” in a patch of forest about thirty minutes from downtown Asheville.
Alan has spent the last twenty years getting to know the local flora of our region and, as a result, rarely relies on buying his food. A skilled forager...
Most yoga teachers are chock-full of posture cues designed to protect the body during an asana practice. Alignment prompts like “keep your knee over your ankle,” and “inwardly rotate your thighs” are often heard during Warrior postures as important tools for keeping the body safe.
In slower paced classes, those alignment cues are often easy to follow. However, the popular, fast-paced flow of vinyasa yoga causes some of us to overlook alignment, contributing to habits that over time—despite ou...
PASSIONATE ABOUT POLYCULTURE: Joel Salatin, “lunatic farmer,” shares his inspiration for wholistic farming
When asked “How would our world look different if thousands of people did what you do?”, Joel Salatin answers without skipping a beat. “The power, position, profits, and prestige of the entire world economy, culture, and foodscape would be inverted on its head,” he says.
“All of the winners would be losers and the losers would now be winners,” he continues, and adds that “the midwest would revert to biodiversified perennial prairie,” and that, due to increased accessibility to nutrient-dense
Located in Asheville, North Carolina. Half of the UFS is a full-season, hands-on apprenticeship, hosted at several working farms in and around Asheville. The other half of the UFS is split between classes at the Ashevillage Sanctuary, a one-acre, eco-urban living learning laboratory, along with field trips, demonstrations, and hands-on learning at urban homesteads, community gardens, micro-nurseries, permaculture experiments, an edible park, aquaponics operation, nearby farms, woods and wild lands.
[By Megan de Matteo] The Urban Farm School spent last week at Pisgah View Community Peace Garden, a Gardens United site. Since this week was all about water, UFS students applied their knowledge by coming up with creative irrigation ideas for the garden. Creative Irrigation Ideas Have a community garden? Want to promote rainwater harvesting [...]
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Post & Photos by Megan de Matteo The month of June is off to a great start! This week’s trip to Sacred Mountain Sanctuary (SMS) ...
There is a word in the Sanskrit language for studentship, and it’s called adhikara. As a concept, adhikara means “to make oneself ready,” “qualifications” or “authority,” and is used to… Read More→
Yesterday for lunch I ate a salad of garden greens, spinach, fresh cabbage, pears, walnuts and blueberries, all dressed in apple cider vinaigrette. It was delicious and healthy, and any… Read More→
When you look at your local yoga studio’s calendar, what do you see? Chances are, you’re presented wi...