Jessica Bellinger is the founder of online cosmetic brand Bess & Color. Founded in December 2019, now 12 months in they’re at $37,000 sales with growth accelerating.
Jessica is a full time wedding photographer with three kids. She travels a lot but has had her eye on starting an eCommerce business that would allow her to work from home.
She started with drop shipping, which did not go well — so she took an eCommerce workshop to learn the ropes and pivoted to start a beauty business focusing on nail polish.
About The Business
Bess and Color nail polish focuses on producing vegan, cruelty free, non-toxic nail polish. The polish colors are inspired by Wes Anderson films.
- Based in Florida
- Sells Nail Polish
- Ships in the United States and looking to expand
- Shopify Platform
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Selling Small, Well
Bess and Color nail polishes are priced high compared to similar products, but they have a high AOV.
Even though Jessica gets orders with a single polish, she says a lot of people have bigger orders and she has returning customers who are very loyal. Jessica attributes this success to not only her higher quality product but also the way she shows up for her customers on social media.
She says that her customers have not only been loyal to the brand but have followed her across all social media platforms and have enjoyed connecting with her as an individual.
Jessica is still a team of one, but she works with freelancers including Joyful PR, and most recently an ad marketing team for Facebook, instagram and google ads.
Juggling Multiple Responsibilities
Jessica is a mom to three kids, runs a photography business full time and has been in the midst of finishing up a book. She doesn’t do schedules and she’s still making it by plowing through her to do list every day.
She says that even though this might sound crazy to other people, it works for her. She points out that a lot of people get stuck before they even start and that the best way forward is whatever way works for you.
What She Would Do Differently
The only thing that Jessica would have done differently was her launch. At the time, she says she had no idea what she was doing. She had no idea how to use influencers and how to build hype.
She says it’s taken an entire year to learn how to build excitement. She’s using that new knowledge now to build hype for her new products coming out at the holidays.
Jessica says she learned how to do everything the hard way, and she doesn’t regret that a bit.
Jessica wrote a book about humility called the Humility Paradox. Though the book addresses a range of topics, Jessica says the practice of humility can help drive businesses.
eCommerce Book Top Tip
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
eCommerce Traffic Top Tip
- Instagram and being present on the platform and Email Marketing with valuable emails
Tool Top Tip
- Shopify Plugins and Email and Zoom
Growth Top Tip
- Hire someone to help you scale
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