Kim Babjak was born to be an entrepreneur. From her childhood days of developing products, Kim has loved all aspects of business. However, the area that brings her the most joy is helping others achieve success. Armed with her dream of taking to market products she had been developing for years, Kim took a chance at becoming financially and emotionally free by starting and running her own business.
She wanted to create a company that would give her the flexibility to work around her children and family, give her the freedom to make her own decisions, and help other entrepreneur's achieve the type of success she had.
"I want to make people's lives easier, and that is just what I am doing" said Kim.
Along the way, Kim encountered many obstacles, and through her perseverance, is now the owner of a highly successful company whose consumer products sold on QVC America, QVC UK, Wal-Mart, Walgreen's and large catalogs internationally.
Kim is thrilled to take the experience and knowledge she has gained from starting and running her business, and now share it with others. Kim provides guidance and resources in the areas of product development, offshore manufacturing, importing and QVC consulting.
This highly energetic and personable entrepreneur is helping create the "American Dream, one Dreamer at a time!"Since launching her company in 1998, Kim Babjak of KimCo LLC, has been living her "American Dream" of success. While wearing many hats like mother, entrepreneur, business woman, author, speaker and QVC agent, Kim has designed and taken to market many of the consumer products she has designed over the years.
Her struggles and hurdles in the process have compelled her to develop a unique consulting program that helps entrepreneurs with finding, then living their own "American Dream." KimCo's new venture helps entrepreneurs get their products seen by millions on QVC or HSN, idea to paper product development, product prototyping and overseas manufacturing.
Always Dream Big!
Kim's four reason why she works so hard !
Latest posts by Kim Babjak (see all)
- Selling to Wal-Mart: The Do’s and the Dont’s - June 29, 2011
- Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference, You gotta go! - March 16, 2011
- Inventor on NBC TODAY Show! How did she do it? - December 7, 2010
Being an expert at placing products into retail…trust me when I say even in economic hard times….stores are still buying, and entrepreneurs are still selling.
I revisit the point that in these unsure hard times, if you have a product that people really need, they are going to buy it, no matter what. People will always have essential needs, and still spend on non-essential goods if they are reasonable priced. It is simple economics, Supply and Demand. Americans love to shop!
I point out to clients that want to bring a product to market: the product must have a basis for existing. That basis must fill a need; therefore, your product should fill that need.
When you are looking for a product to penetrate a market, look at the current market that is booming and find something that enhances it or makes it better. If your product is seasonal, find another season to sell it in, if possible. If the market is lagging, develop something that will improve the market.
My case study:
I have a seasonal product that is taking the market by storm right now, not only domestically, but also internationally. It is a need product, which people have to have. This product crosses several different categories of being a mass retail product, and an industrial use product.
Although it is a seasonal product here in the USA and Europe, it is NOT seasonal in Australia and New Zealand, the South Pacific Islands, and anywhere tropical. Luck girl I am!
In order for me to capitalize on sales in down times I have to turn to my connections in other parts of the world that can help me place goods elsewhere. I will be able to sell year round and not loose valuable windows and life cycles.
Because of my many years of networking and building strong relationships, I have the infrastructure and team that spans the globe. You can also; you just need to start networking and making important connections.
I highly recommend that if you are interested in taking a product to retail, you should read the NRF SmartBrief (national retail federation) free newsletter. You can subscribe to http://www.smartbrief.com/nrf/, and gain valuable info in the world of retail. You can keep abreast of whom is doing what, when, and where in retail…..Knowledge is everything!
P.S. This is also a really good way to find sales reps, manufacturers, distributors, and other industry contacts you may need to start building that global product.
Always DREAM BIG!