Firm brings handbag-buying home

first_imgBUSINESS NAME: Red’s Boutique BUSINESS ADDRESS: 1022 E. Walnut Ave., Burbank PHONE: (818) 843-3977 WEB SITE: WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? Like most women, I adore handbags. I’ve always had a great desire to create and own my own business that would be known for outstanding service. Also, being a stay-at-home mom has been a wonderful blessing and Red’s Boutique allows me to still put my son first but gives me the freedom to really pursue this desire to own and operate my own business. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? While living in San Diego, I was surrounded with other moms who were their own entrepreneurs, selling things like jewelry, candles and kitchen items similar to the family Tupperware parties. It was then that I told myself I could do this. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? About three months. Once the word got out that I was going to sell purses, I had parties booked weeks in advance. Once I received my inventory, I was off running from party to party. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Buy inventory. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? Around $2,500 to start, which was my first order of inventory. I mostly put my profits right back into the business. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? It was a collaborative effort with a very supportive husband, family and close girlfriends. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? I must say I’m a bit surprised with all the long hours it takes to create a Web site. That has been the most challenging. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $30,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? I want Red’s Boutique to be self-sufficient, so that I can concentrate on my customers whom I greatly value. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3699.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week OWNER: Audrey Robles ESTABLISHED: 2001 in San Diego, 2004 in Burbank NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: One DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: My business is a full-service Web site boutique, also offering to host purse parties for clients in their home or office. I’m proud to offer a large selection of high-quality handbags and accessories that have a unique style and function at affordable prices, a rare combination in the world of fashion. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes last_img