A couple weeks ago, we got an unusual card in the mail.
It was an anonymous thank you note for one of our tutorials, along with a $10 bill. We were all so excited about this card (and almost as excited to eat the tacos we bought with the tip money).
As a business owner, I think of appreciation as one of my core values: appreciation for you, my customers and readers, and appreciation for the team that works here and puts in so much work to make it all happen.
It’s important to me to show appreciation in intangible ways, just by saying thank you. But it’s just as important to show my appreciation in tangible ways. For you guys, I do that by creating helpful products and tutorials that I really think will be helpful. For my team, it means rewarding them in any way I can for their hard work.
Today, and for the next few weeks, I’d like to invite you guys to join me in showing appreciation for the team and what we do…. in a real, tangible way.
Show your love
This year, we’re proud to be a nominee in the Martha Stewart American Made awards, celebrating companies and goods crafted in the US.
We’d really like to win this competition, but we need you to vote for us to make that happen.
There are lots of reasons why I think you should vote for us. We are a completely bootstrapped-from-the-ground-up small business. We created a product totally unlike anything that was on the market. We care about our customers. We’ve created jobs. We’re nice people.
But those are all things I think you know. The real reason I think you should vote for us is this:
All $10K of the prize will go to our staff
If we win the $10,000 grand prize, Kenn and I are going to give that money directly to our employees to say thanks. That means well earned bonuses for Kristen (our pattern developer), Rachel (our web editor and blogger) and Sheli (our graphic designer).
There are plenty of things in our business that we could spend 10k on. But our most valuable asset is our people, and we would like to say thank you to them for helping us build this business. Would you join us in thanking them?
Vote for us
The first and most important thing you can do is vote every day. You can vote up to six times a day (seems crazy, but those are the rules, apparently), from now until September 22.
Would you like to see more gratitude out there in the world too? Please join me in thanking our staff.