If you ever need a special gift for clients, family, friends, fund raisers and auctions built with the North West Flair from Oregon products, then look no further–Kimberly’s company NW Love in a Box is the go-to place to purchase those unique gift boxes. The bags, the boxes, the products are all hand made by local artist. Not only are Kim’s gift boxes the best in the industry, but so is Kim! You won’t find anyone more enthusiastic about seeing your Love in a Box purchase special to you and/or your clients! In a 1-5 star rating (5 being the best) we rate her a 10!
In Kim’s words: “My core values are people, supporting community and taking care of our precious earth. I am creative, I frequent Northwest farmer’s markets, I am deeply committed to a talented group of women owned businesses and support them when I can. Finding treasures at street fairs to share with you makes my heart swell!
With Northwest Love in a Box I bring people together through the joy of gifting. Whether you are a grateful giver showing appreciation, a delighted receiver of these treasures or a vendor excited about getting new fans please know each and every box is inspired by you – the customer!
I measure my success by the success of my clients and vendors. My goal is simple – as I grow my business, the businesses that are represented in my box are also growing, that motivates me!
When I’m not curating or assembling new boxes you can find me on the local Pickleball courts, outside somewhere enjoying the beautiful Northwest, traveling, or volunteering in my community or the world.”
(Did you notice she’s interested in considering YOUR products to add to her boxes? Take her up on it!)
What exactly is your business and what inspired you?
1) I make locally sourced, thoughtfully assembled gift boxes… I started this as a fluke- really, I had grown bored with catering and my sister in law has a thriving gift Basket business in Eugene, Oregon – making bundles of loot – and I thought THAT sounds way more fun than shopping, chopping, shlepping and serving for catering (no offense to the caterers out there…mad respect I have for you!) I also visited the Portland Night Market and realized the bounty of wonderful products we have right here in PNW and the idea of a locally sourced gift box business was born!
2) What one thing do you do every day to move yourself forward and stay focused? Where do you find your inspiration?
I go for a walk every (lets be real – most ?) mornings to keep me (and my doggies) physically, spiritually and mentally ready for the world!
3) What do you do regularly to take care of yourself?
4) How do you keep yourself emotionally balanced while you are pushing forward?
I stay balanced by having an “off” switch to business. Even when I “should” be working I
I close my business doors and do my life, which really means I am off to go play pickleball–and if I happen to do some “networking” off hours, that’s ok!
5). What’s the best part and the worst part of your job?
The worst part is the paperwork/desk time, I don’t like sitting and I avoid it and that is
Not so good lol. The best part is when I put together a custom box and I hear “the squeal” from the customer, tells me I nailed it!
Is PERFECT, how did you know that they were into “fill in the blank”:)
6). What failure taught you the most and what was it?
Failure has/is teaching me that it is not how many times you fail, it is how many times you succeed. It only takes one more success then failure to win–right? Failure has taught me that failure is part of the process, so I accept/embrace it…mostly. I am working on it but it is a process.
7). If you had to do something different, what would that be?
If I had to do something different it would most likely be a change of location, like somewhere tropical! It would include Pickleball! I would find a need and fill it!
8). If you had advice to give to someone else who is thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, what would that be?
My advice would be, DO IT! Being the boss of your time is priceless. Don’t invest a bazillion dollars in it, figure out a way to make it pay for itself, slow and steady wins the race! It always helps to have a little money in the bank or at least another source of income until your new thing is making some money. It would be terrible to bankrupt yourself, so don’t fall in to the trap of taking out loans to finance your dream, if possible.
9). What did you have to overcome personally to be able to do what you do?
I had to let go of a paycheck aka “fake security” lol!
10). Any last parting words of wisdom?
My parting advice would be about taking advice, ironically!
Find someone you admire in business or whatever it is you are wanting to succeed at and ask them to be your mentor. You can even have more than one. Maybe you like how one person markets, or this person does “fill in the blank.” Maybe pick one or two skills at a time to work on and go from there. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel and most mistakes you make can probably be avoided if you are humble and ask for a mentor.
Come at it with an attitude of abundance, there is enough business to go around, don’t compete with everyone, collaborate .
Not everyone is your customer, woo YOUR customer only!