The algae idea had been brewing with us for a couple of weeks at the point of meeting up for nachos. We even bought a couple of books on entrepreneurship, the first step being “learning how to spell and pronounce entrepreneurship without using Google.” (Spell check in Word wasn’t giving a correction option, we had spelled it so badly.) So there we were with a couple of (brilliant) ideas in the bag for algae extraction, and no way to fund the ideas for small scale feasibility before going to investors. AND that’s where we hit our first road bump. Actually, it was more like the road had been torn in half and our little car couldn’t even pretend to attempt to get to the other side. It was amidst this huge moment of crappy realization that we would never be able to afford to start a business when we had our next brilliant idea. “Let’s fund our business by starting ANOTHER business!” See, Quinn had already been working with Zazzle and designing shirts, and she made a WHOPPING $100 in the last couple of months of 2012, so that seemed like the perfect starting place. But what kind of shirts could we possibly design that would afford us this great opportunity, one might ask? Cat Shirts! That’s right. Grumpy Cat is so in right now, and people love the hilarious little creatures. Plus, there’s like a 50/50 chance people will like cats, and the other 50% love their obvious indifference. So, why not?
We started furiously writing down our shirt ideas immediately, and in between the writing, we were laughing (and probably sounded like mental patients to anyone remotely near us) because this idea is brilliant and there was no way it could fail. Right? Really guys, right?
Using Zazzle, there was no overhead cost to us, which was great, so everything we sold would automatically put us in the positives. And so, www.zazzle.com/catpicsallday* was born. This was the beginning of our run of “Best Day EVER,” completely based on the ideas we came up with, and the immediate follow through of those ideas. (The second idea came later after Quinn’s archery lesson where, over froyo, we decided we could totally turn archery into a profitable profession by being awesome and entering competitions. HA. Seriously though.) We digress.
About a week later, we had the site up and running with two pretty hilarious and awesome designs posted based on the evolution of species sequence. For sure we couldn’t go wrong with this, right? After all, that sequence of pictures is pretty popular and we were reinventing it with cats and funny catch phrases at the bottom. Did we mention the cats? See those designs here and let us know what you think (because we still haven’t sold a single one):
And, there it is folks. The beginning of our business (Cat Pics All Day) created to fund our other business (Oil Extraction From Algae… We may need a better name) which is currently and indefinitely on hold until we actually get some decent funds (from CPAD). Our fund is currently sitting steady at $0.00. BUT we may even use the money to fund something else entirely! Who knows, we are kind of creative. In any case, this is how it all started. We still have faith though, and will continue to update with all the different approaches we take in our business ventures to grow and get our name out there!
-Alice & Quinn