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The Bargain vs. The American Dream: Small Business Ownership

The Bargain vs. The American Dream: Small Business Ownership

Stories and names used in this post are fiction, though they are based on real life experiences. Every so often, I see someone really excited about the thought of opening their own cloth diaper store, or other small business. I get it. It’s “The American Dream.” I’ve also heard complaints about product prices, talk of buying well…anywhere but from small businesses, and references to brands as “big” when I know for a fact that they are not. Ex: “They’re a big business, they can afford to cover return shipping.” or “They’re a big brand, they can afford to honor this price mistake for everyone.”

In the past 7 1/2 or so years, I’ve seen a lot of businesses come and go, I’ve seen a lot of struggles, and I’ve vowed to shop small even more than I already did. So what exactly is “small?”

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Cloth Diapers

Big Business – Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers, How do you feel about the BIG brands?

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This post was originally published on the Kelly Wels (affiliate link) blog. When I began cloth diapering almost 8 years ago, there were several “big brands” that I thought of as anonymous, faceless corporations like disposable diaper companies. As I’ve become more involved in the industry, I realized how wrong I really was.

We all know that for disposable diaper brands, cash is king. Profits come first. For most cloth diaper brands, people come first. A common theme in the cloth diaper industry is that these brands were born when the family saw a need and sought to fulfill it, usually based on a problem their own child was having. (You can often guess how old a WAHM’s oldest child is based on how old her brand is!)

What you may not realize is that many of the cloth diaper brands that are household names, are still family owned/operated and not necessarily as “big” as you think. Though I don’t claim to know their revenue figures, most are heavily involved in the day to day operations, answer emails, and see what you’re saying about them on social media! When I attended ABC, most of the cloth diaper booths had the company owners there, talking with retailers and media. Many of them know their employees by name and care about them.

Quite a few of the “big” brands started out with a mom at her sewing machine, selling products out of a closet or laundry basket. Yes, many of them now use manufacturing facilities to keep up with demand, but their business is their baby and they care about their customers.

I adore WAHMs, but I also have lots of respect for men & women who have found large-scale success in turning their idea into a profitable business.

What are your feelings on “big” diaper brands?

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Cloth Diaper Giveaways – Roundup for 1/20/17

Weekly Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup from Change-Diapers


Cloth Diaper Giveaways

Once a week, I round up cloth diaper giveaways from all over the web. Subscribe to our RSS Feed or subscribe via email.

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Baby Wearing Cloth Diapers Coupon Discount Sale

Huge Savings on Rumparooz Cloth Diapers & Sakura Bloom Slings

30% off Rumparooz Cloth Diapers

Up On the Hill is my local natural family boutique, and the owner has been a friend of mine since the early 90’s. The shop is no longer carrying a few things, including cloth diapers and Sakura Bloom ring slings, so you can get an amazing deal while they still have stock!

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Cloth Diapering Diaper Sprayers

Kleppo Diaper Sprayer Review

Kleppo Diaper Sprayer Review

Katie received a sprayer free to review. If you click & buy, we may receive a small commission, thank you. Every cloth diapering parent has a different answer when asked what their “must have” diaper accessory is. For me, I always answer with “diaper sprayer.” After cloth diapering two kids in a total of about five years, I have really appreciated having a diaper sprayer. My husband made us a homemade diaper sprayer and that worked pretty well for us but when Kleppo asked if we wanted to review their sprayer, I was excited to try it.

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