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I had the opportunity to sit down and have a great conversation about business with Michelle Smith, the owner of Piccolo Mondo Toys—an Oregon-based toy store with three locations and a website. Michelle built her business from her unique passions of travel, cultural awareness, children in developing countries, play, and education. Piccolo Mondo is the Italian phrase for “Small World”, a perfect match for Michelle’s business message of play and connection around the world.
Michelle’s 3 Retail Business Tips:
- Pay really close attention to who you surround yourself with. Surround yourself with the people you want to be more like.
- Try new things. Don’t be afraid to fail.
- Ask for help sometimes.
These three retail business tips haven’t always come easily to Michelle. She admits it’s taken her until now to adopt these into her everyday practice. But as she says in this episode, it’s progress, not perfection. She also shares some great stories behind these lessons and how they’ve really impacted her business and life since following through.
As a business owner, you encounter many new ideas that sometimes feel like obstacles. It’s hard to know what’s right, and when to try something different. Michelle and I agree about gut feelings. She says she finds it important to listen to her inner voice, which usually proves to be the right choice (and she’s thankful for it).
Michelle’s best business advice is all about goal setting. She’s a goal-driven person and executes goals in all aspects of her life. Most importantly, she emphasizes writing goals down. Michelle sets goals in both her business and personal life, and encourages her family to do the same. Oftentimes, we get so caught up in succeeding that we don’t stop to think about how we’re actually measuring that success. This is such great advice all around!
What’s Next for Piccolo Mondo Toys?
As Piccolo Mondo Toys has expanded, Michelle wants to be true to herself and the message that brought her business to reality. She’s striving to stay authentic in her branding and getting her message out to her perfect customers. You can find out more about Piccolo Mondo Toys at their website or follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
I hope you enjoy this episode of Crystal Uncorked! Cheers! 🍷
Mentioned In This Episode:
What I Want You To Take Away From This Blog:
- How a business can grow from your unique passions.
- Three retail business tips and lessons from entrepreneur, Michelle Smith.
- Michelle’s best business advice.
- The importance of goal setting and writing down your goals.
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