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    Kung Fu Master Eathan's Avatar
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    A Year Ago, Yesterday...
    I posted a thread about taking a leap and becoming a merchant. I had no idea what to expect, but it's been a fantastic experience!

    I received a lot of positive encouragement and feedback from people here on ABW, so wanted to share a bit of where the year's taken us.

    We started Black Cat Mining with about $1500 in start up capital that we actually had to put on a credit card, and we reinvested nearly everything back into the business. It's been a lot of work, but we've grown steadily over the year and built it into a profitable company.

    We were too new last year for me to have any idea what December was really like though. Holy cow! Next year I'm renting a warehouse just for December!

    This holiday craziness has been amazing! Tomorrow we're going to ship out about what we did for the entire month of February, just from this weekend's orders! Only nine days into December and our numbers are approaching what we did for all of Q1!

    I'm way too too tired from packing orders and everything else to jump up and down or post a whole lot more, but a year into this new venture I think I can say without a doubt that we'll be around for many more.

    Many thanks for all the encouragement, and best wishes to anyone else trying something new! Put your heart and mind into it and you just may nail it!

    Okay, back to packing...

    Night all.
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    Congrats, Eathan.

    You've shared a great success story that should give others lots of encouragement.
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    Congrats, Eathan

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    Way to go Eathan! This is the way successful people celebrate the holidays, packing shipments!

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    Many Congrats! Once things slow down, it would be very interesting to hear the fuller story!

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    Congrats.

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    Hey congrats

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    Thanks all!

    Quote Originally Posted by 2busy
    Way to go Eathan! This is the way successful people celebrate the holidays, packing shipments!
    Too true, and at...what the heck time is it, on a Sunday evening...

    We've joked that we're taking Boxing Day off but will likely spend it boxing orders. It's a good feeling, if an exhausting one.
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    Eathan - Congrats on a great first year and continued success!

    My husband caught the gold prospecting and rockhounding fever a couple of months ago while we were on vacation. So, I can assure you he'll be placing orders during the next year!

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    Congrats Eathan

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    Congratulations, Eathan!

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    Congratulations Eathan.. Great going
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    Hard word really does pay off.

    Congratulations!

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    congratulations!

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    Congratulations Eathan Hope the next year is even better for ya.

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    It's great to see it taking off for you and succeeding...congrats on your hardwork and efforts!
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    Eathan,
    WOW! That kinda success in just a year is awesome!

    Maybe when you have a few moments (snicker) you can share some of your mistakes and successes. We'd all love to learn with you.

    Congrats!

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    Congrats!
    Congratulations on your success, Eathan!
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    Congrats, and you picked a fun business. All the stuff you sell is just so cool. I want to buy all of it!

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    Onwards and upwards, Eathan. Great story, and here's wishing you continued success....
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    Congrats Eathan!

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    Keep on Keeping on Eathan.

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    Congrats Eathan, that's awesome!
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    This post just took me to my kids soon to be new favorite shopping place! Thanks and best of luck with your continued success!

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    Great to hear Ethan. It is nice to hear the success stories in the midst of the holiday season. I can tell you there are many others that will be inspired by your story, I know many folks planning new ventures for 2008!
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