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Putting Your Best Foot Forward as a Small Business Owner

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Most shoe lovers stress about waiting in long lines during exclusive sneaker releases, while others are worry free and easily able to reserve their preferred shoe online through Van & Stuyvesant.

Van & Stuyvesant is an international online sneaker store, headquartered in Washington D.C. The small business was founded two years ago by, Kurtis Van Stuyvesant and as of January 2018 launched globally. Today the company has customers in over 30 countries and 6 continents. This small business caters to everyone from small children to adult seniors looking for authentic and rare sneakers. Their selection includes high demand shoes such as Air Jordans, Nike Airmax, and even Kanye West’s Adidas “Yeezy” line.

Kurtis, owner of Van & Stuyvesant says, “The biggest misconception about owning your own business is that it’s easier than working a normal job.” While corporate jobs are mostly eight hour shifts Monday through Friday, small business owners are known to work more than eleven hours a day, multiple days a week.  “The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you must trust people to do their jobs diligently,” says founder, Kurtis. “Otherwise, the workload can become overwhelming for one person.” Luckily Kurtis can leverage his trusted partners and co-workers to help him execute his vision for his online business to succeed.

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This is what Kurtis had to say about his trusted local FedEx Office, “Shipping from FedEx Office is always convenient and affordable, FedEx always helps me deliver sneakers to my customers, promptly and seamlessly.” For Kurtis, his local FedEx Office locations makes it possible for him to deliver product to customers around the globe. Van & Stuyvesant doesn’t only use FedEx Office for shipping, but also for printing invoices, memos and marketing materials include in every customer order. “The first time I walked into FedEx Office was with fifty sneaker boxes. FedEx employees were shocked, but they were happy to help. No matter the size of the task FedEx Office has always provided me with the help I needed.” Kurtis explains the importance of print for any business not just his own,” the truth is, customers like seeing and holding printed material. Even though I have an online business it is essential to my company’s success that we source our printing needs”. FedEx Office® Print Online provides an easy and fast way to create, edit and save online printing orders for personal or business needs.

Kurtis provides us with a few tips on how to put your best foot forward as a business owner.

  1. It’s your company, so be proactive in developing your business!
  2. Remember, the customer is always right! Treat customers how you would like to be treated.
  3. Always over deliver to the customer with both product and service. The company’s reputation depends on it!
  4. Innately do good business with customers, people will support your company if you provide a true value.

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