073 | Launching to wholesale with Catherine Hildner, Kitty Meow Boutique

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Catherine Hildner is the founder of Kitty Meow Boutique, an online stationery show where you can peruse beautifully designed paper goods based on your many moods. Catherine came through our Paper Camp conference in 2017 and since then she’s undergone a rebrand, built a new retail website, revamped her product line and she launched to the wholesale market!

On today’s episode Catherine shared how her product line has shifted over the years, fears she’s had during the last year of growth and how she combatted them and how she reaches out to her wholesale buyers.

ON TODAY’S EPISODE:

  • What motivated Catherine to start Kitty Meow

  • The products that she offers now & how that has shifted over the years

  • What the rebranding process Kitty Meow looked like

  • The fears and doubts Catherine had to work through during the rebranding process

  • Her experience entering into the wholesale market & the three things she did to prepare her business for wholesale

  • Catherine’s process for outreach to retailers

  • How she manages marketing both the wholesale and the retail sides of her business

  • The tasks that Catherine’s VA is responsible for

  • Her advice for someone just starting out in a product based business

  • What’s next for Kitty Meow


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KEY TAKE-AWAYS

“I’m really grateful that I’ve been able to take Kitty Meow with me wherever the heck we’ve been, and it’s come a long way since that lonely little baby shower design in my sad little Etsy shop.” – Catherine Hildner

“I said, “If I’m going to invest money, I just want to do it right”, and I’m not a website designer, so I’m not even going to waste my time doing something that’s not my strengths.” – Catherine Hildner

“I wasn’t foolish enough to think that if I build it they will come, because I don’t think it’s just as easy as that.” – Catherine Hildner

“I want my two little girls to know that they can do anything. It doesn’t matter what other people think. If they care, that is enough.” – Catherine Hildner

“None of this stuff happens overnight, and it’s a daily struggle no matter how pretty pictures might look on Instagram or any of that garbage.” – Catherine Hildner

“If I didn’t do the Tradeshow Bootcamp, I would just be looking around, not knowing what the hell I’m doing because there’s so many things you need to do, and you don’t know what you don’t know.” – Catherine Hildner

“I don’t have time to do all the things that maybe I would make time to do before I had children.” – Catherine Hildner

“There was a long time I didn’t even know that there was this creative community of women who were totally killing it.” – Catherine Hildner

“Having a professional who’s doing what you want to do, that can give you advice and feedback, so you’re not wasting your time doing stuff that’s just a waste of your time is so valuable.” – Catherine Hildner

“I’ve been an entrepreneur for 10 years now. There’s always ways that we can improve our businesses. There’s always ways that we can streamline things or improve.” – Katie Hunt


CONNECT WITH CATHERINE HILDNER

Website: Kitty Meow Boutique | Facebook: @kittymeowboutique | Pinterest: @kmeowboutique | Instagram: @kittymeowboutique


Connect with Katie Hunt

Katie Hunt is a business strategist, podcaster, mentor and mama to four. She helps product based businesses build profitable, sustainable companies through her conferences, courses and coaching programs.

Website: prooftoproduct.com  |   Instagram: @prooftoproduct


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