Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Guest Writer Week: Nathan Biebel with "Pestering Taylor"


       For quite a while we’ve warned you that we were planning on opening up an online store.  If you read the Fall Issue of our magazine you also know that Taylor Scully was recently hired to manage that store.

        Taylor is hard at work putting together a vast line of products and organizing them into categories that will make the store more user friendly.  This involves contacting various distributors and organizing each product into its proper category.  This might sound easy, and it would be if we only planned on offering just a few products in one or two categories.  However, we’ve got high hopes for the online store, and we want a wide range of products that will help our community meet a wide range of “prudence” based needs.

That being said, we bugged Taylor until he took a five minute break to tell us about the store.  He says that it will be organized into five basic categories when it goes live:

Conservation – This is our foundation as a company and we think it’s only proper that we provide our community with products that conserve energy on a small scale.  Even if you don’t think solar panels are right for you, I think we can all agree that using light bulbs that are up to 90% more energy efficient is the prudent thing to do.  If for no other reason than your energy bill.

Gardening – Growing your own garden is a great way to practice frugal living while also getting away from unhealthy processed food.  Many in our community prefer organic products, but buying organic is expensive, while growing it yourself can be cheaper and just as good.  We want to provide you with the tools to do that.

Home – Everything from Laundry detergents, to cleaners of all sorts, to food dehydrators, to hand operated grain mills.  Whatever need you have in the home, we want to make sure we have a product that meets it; all of which, by the way, are non-harmful, environmentally friendly solutions to your every day living needs.

Personal Care - Hair care, personal grooming, and skin care; these products are designed to be safe for both you and nature.

Recreation – We all like our recreation.  We want to make sure you have what you need to enjoy your time in the great outdoors.  Backpacks made from recycled materials, solar powered flashlights, and safety kits are just some of the options available in this category.

In the future there will be more categories, as things get going and Taylor gets in touch with more folks on the distributing end.  Until then, Taylor has already met our product goals for start-up (we already have close to 200 products and he’s adding more every day), and the store will be going live just as soon as our new website is complete!

We’ve been excited about this for a long time, and seeing it finally come together has given us a lot of hope about it’s success!

We’d love to pester Taylor about this some more, but he is already back to work.

---  Nathan Biebel

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