“When only the Best will do”
What is Mary’s Posh Doggie Diners? I create and design unique mosaic creations for the home. I started out creating OOAK (one-of-a-kind) dog and cat diners and have expanded to include other home décor items. Because every item is custom made, I can match colors or change the size of a design to meet my client’s needs. My dog and cat diners have been sold from California to the UK!! A highlight for me was in 2013 when I was commissioned to create four cat diners for the Hemingway Home in Florida.
What set you on your path to start MPDD? It was two fold. My desire to be home with my children was the number one driving force and the second was my passion for art and love for animals. This passion caused me to contemplate how I could combine the two and be able to have the freedom that owning my own business would allow.
What skills/talents do you have that compliment your business? From an early age, I developed a real love to draw and be creative. I was also blessed with an innate love for all creatures. Combine these attributes with the example and advice of my father who taught me to always strive to do my best, I feel I was destined to go down this path.
Did you have any fears getting started? I would think what most first time home business owners are concerned about. Would I be successful in my dream and be brave enough to take that first step?
What was involved in getting started? I researched the market to find my niche, started creating my designs, tested the product with the help of my dog Katie and then copyrighted my doggie diner designs.
What was your start up costs? What are your ongoing costs? I spent approximately $2000 initially for supplies and the necessary legal requirements. My ongoing costs vary from month to month depending on supplies I have to order, so usually between $100 to $300 per month.
How do you get the word out about MPDD? Initially, I started my own .com website in May of 2009 and used Google ads to advertise my products. My client list formed slowly at first and so I looked into other ways to advertise. In January 2011, I founded an Etsy site and opened for business on February 8, 2011. That one decision changed my business. I now sell my doggie diners wholesale to four online dog boutiques as well as to the clients that come directly to my shop.
Another way I drive business to my site is on You Tube. This is my most popular video, Best Friends
What have you learned along the way? A quote by Albert Schweitzer really sums it up:
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
What do you see for you and Mary’s Posh Doggie Diners in the future? I will continue to develop new designs and expand my inventory. With that said, quantity is not my driving force. Quality has always been number one to me. My company’s motto is “When Only The Best Will Do”. That is what I strive for everyday with my family and with my business!