Chris Hansico

14 posts
Perspectives and advice on home-based business, featuring Chris Hanisco from The Dippy Chick Company.
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It’s Not Easy Letting the Big Fish Go.

Things are still hoppin’, as you can tell by my lack of posts. My 5-y-o son just graduated from preschool, so he’s home full time now. My 2-y-o son is into everything, as most toddlers are. My husband just had back surgery, which didn’t completely work, so now he’s getting cortisone shots in his tailbone...
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License to Play Dorky Music in Public? I”m There!

If you have been reading my blog, you probably recall that my husband and I are entertaining the possibility of moving to North Carolina. We are currently in New England. I’m really excited, but I’m also really nervous about transitioning my business if this does in fact happen. Right now, I am home-based and my...
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I”m floored!

I really, really wish I had something interesting to report. It’s pretty much business-as-usual around here. It’s definitely busier than normal, hence my lack of posts, but nothing out of the ordinary. (Perhaps I should start making up stuff?) On a good note, my husband replaced the laminate flooring in my work kitchen that I...
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The Dip-Lovin’ Post Office Ladies Saved My Behind!

This has been a good week business-wise! I was recently highlighted in a trade magazine that targets country-style stores and I have been getting a lot of wholesale inquiries as a result. Yesterday, I sent out more than a dozen envelopes with samples inside to stores that had requested them. This almost turned into a...
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My Public Speaking Class, The Year Ahead and Tip #1.

Wireless rocks! Right now I am sitting on my front steps, watching my son draw all over the driveway with sidewalk chalk. It’s sunny and 84 degrees. I have my internet radio going as I type this. I can smell the rib-eyes cooking on the grill. Ahh, this is what makes being a homepreneur so...
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Oprah didn’t notice me, but a supermarket chain did!

Well, I wasn’t on Oprah yesterday. Some of you may have noticed. I noticed because I distinctly remember being with my husband during back surgery yesterday. Although there were a lot of curtains around, they weren’t show-business type curtains, but more of the get-naked-and-put-on-this-johnny type. I did have an audience though! My husband has had...
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I wish I were flooded with orders… instead of water!

Here in New England we were hit with a rare spring nor'easter the other day. Everything was fine until the power went out causing our sump pump to stop working. For those of you who don't have basements or flooding areas, a sump pump is a pump that sits in a hole in your basement....
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Come up with a name they’ll remember!

One of the things that sets my business apart from the competition is the name of my business – The Dippy Chick Company. There are a gazillion (well okay… hundreds) of companies out there that manufacture products similar to mine, but they are not very memorable. I am in the seasonings business and I honestly...
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Why can’t I get anything done?

I have so much to do today, but the gods of entrepreneurism are not on my side. My car unexpectedly developed a crunchy noise, so I spent most of the morning waiting in a dealership wasting precious daycare time. The next thing I know, I am picking up the boys. My older one was supposed...
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My typical days are not so typical.

Whew! I have to say, although sales have been a little slow – as they always are this time of year – I seem as busy as ever. I've been working on a bunch of new products, and giving interviews and placing ads. I'm also trying to organize my house and office, which is a...
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The Dippy Chick’s Top Ten Non-Traditional Office Thingies

Recently I mentioned how much I love my space heater and it got me thinking about other must-haves in for a home-based business. Of course there's the usual computer, printer, and fax machine – but let's look beyond that, shall we? This is my top ten list of things that I need to run my...
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Woohoo! I’m a Startup Nation blogger!

Hi everybody! Thanks for visiting my new blog on Startup Nation! I am so excited to be an official SuN blogger. When Rich Sloan contacted me about it, I just about peed my pants! I didn't thankfully. I checked. (Hey - I've had 2 kids and am getting old!) So, yeah - I'm super excited...