This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Volusion’s military discount program, Stores & Stripes, via MSB New Media. The opinions and text are all mine.
It’s no secret that military family-owned small business is on the rise. Many veterans are making the entrepreneurial leap as they transition from military service to civilian life while military spouses are turning to e-commerce as a creative solution to maintaining a professional career on the move. When Krystel Spell and I founded SpouseBox in the summer of 2014, we did it knowing that military family-owned business was poised to become the next chapter in the story of the United States’ Entrepreneurial Experience.
SpouseBox is not our first rodeo, however. We both have other businesses via social media, marketing and blogging and Krystel ran a successful online retail store called the Curve Factory. Neither of us had experience in the subscription box industry but knew that we had the determination and grit to figure it out on the go.
The one thing we knew for sure is that whatever we built, we were going to need an online storefront that had the power to grow with us as we grew our business. We were going to be selling, building and shipping hundreds boxes every single month and we needed a system that could handle it.
Being the boot-strappers that we are, we started small and went with something that we knew. We built our own store and cart within WordPress, integrated PayPal as payment gateway and then manually uploaded our shipping addresses into the USPS website. Needless to say, we outgrew our MacGuvered-together system fairly quickly.
We found ourselves facing a situation where, in order for us to grow our business and keep up with the demand for SpouseBox subscriptions, we needed to find a new platform for our store. We needed everything to work together and “live” in one place. Fifty million spreadsheets and uploads weren’t going to cut it. Our customers deserved better and so did our brand.
We started researching e-commerce platforms for subscription box companies and generic online stores, but didn’t find the right fit until we stumbled upon Volusion’s Stores and Stripes Program for Veteran and Military Spouse Owned Small Businesses. We are now proudly partnered with them as military spouse small business ambassadors.
Volusion offers military family-owned small businesses an exclusive military discount on a Volusion-powered store plus hosting for $1 for one year, a $180 value. All proceeds from the Stores and Stripes Program will be donated to Operation Homefront.
One dollar. One store. One year.
SpouseBox launched our Volusion-powered website in sync with the release of our June 2015 SpouseBox. We couldn’t be happier with the look of our storefront and our customer experience has improved more than we could’ve imagine. As a small business split between 2 states, our Volusion store makes it possible for our team to easily manage inventory, track orders and make updates to our website. Not only is our store powerful, it looks amazing. Built on one of Volusion’s free themes, it looks crisp, clean and professional.
As we made the trasnformation to Volusion, their 24-hour customer service chat line and customer service phone line were a lifesaver. Volusion’s tech and support team kindly and patiently answered every single question we had, even when the answer was staring us right in the face and laughed with us as we joked about our lack of sleep and over-caffeinated-selves.
If you’re a military spouse- or veteran-business owner looking for an e-commerce platform that is ready to grow with your business, now is the perfect time to learn more about Volusion’s Stores and Stripes military discount. You won’t be disappointed!
SpouseBox is a monthly subscription care package that features military spouse and veteran made products. Visit www.thespousebox.com to subscribe to SpouseBox and shop their Signature Collection!