What happens when you upset a funny person? In Ebonie's case, a genius business idea! "It all started when someone drank my coffee creamer at the office. I got so upset that I decided to make my own creamer carafe with an inappropriate label," Ebonie says of the idea for her business. Ebonie and I briefly attended the same school as children and later both relocated from Omaha to Dallas. I was impressed to learn that Ebonie used an unpleasant occurance at work to spark the idea for Petty Labels. Although she has only been in operation for a few weeks, Ebonie's crafty creation has kept her very busy! "Within the first three days, I had over 200 requests and 90 shares on FaceBook. That's when I knew I was on to something," Ebonie said when asked about her first days in business. "Within the first week that my mugs were available for purchase, I had over 100 orders. Purchases doubled in my second and third weeks, she added."
Ebonie has garnered the support of family, friends, colleagues, former classmates and her social media following to help promote Petty Labels. Currently, Petty Labels offers hand painted ceramic mugs which are available in a variety of beautiful colors, fonts and of course, quippy sayings; "Black Girl Magic," "Corporate Humor #NotToday", and "Beard Potion" to name a few.
What is the coolest thing about Ebonie's mugs? "These are some of the most natural things that I say outside of business hours," she said when I asked how she came up with her witty sayings. "These are things that I often think but cannot say at the office because they would be frowned upon," she added.
Ebonie has big long term goals for Petty Labels. "I want to expand my brand content, inspire people to be their own unique selves and to take a leap of faith in an area that fits their personality. I want to have a unique platfom of laughter and motivation intertwined," she included. "I want people to know that this is about God putting me in a position to use my talents," Ebonie explained. She offers these words of wisdom to fellow entrepreneurs or people toying with the idea of starting a business, "Mistakes will always happen. Hold onto your integrity because that is more important than an audience."
I have always felt that the best ideas happen on accident or unexpectedly. We have to learn to seek inspiration from the most mundane daily occurances. Petty Labels embodies this concept completely! To learn more or purchase your mug, follow on Instagram @pettylabels and on FaceBook Petty Labels. Ebonie, cheers to your continued success in the new year!