Name: Carly Byne
City: Washington, DC
Main Hustle: I sell slot machines! Born and raised in Las Vegas, gaming is in my blood. It’s only natural that I’d travel all over the US selling slot machines to casinos.
Side Hustle: Smalldog Official!
Do you have a website, store, or social media presence? If so, please give us the details below so we can include it in your profile.:
Instagram: @smalldogofficial or @yorkieheaven
How did you get started?: After starting the Instagram account @yorkieheaven for my two yorkshire terriers, I found myself helping dog-moms with grooming tips and tricks on how to keep their small dogs clean and happy. I realized that there was a need for small grooming products that dog moms are comfortable using in between grooming sessions! So off I went to creating and manufacturing our first product the Bye-Bye Eye Gunk Comb. I listed on Amazon and then launched our our website! I’ve now launched a second product called the Gentle Body Brush, which has protective tips that makes brushing more comfortable for your pet!
When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: I work best in the morning and will throw in about 30 minutes at night. I will try and work on social media interaction (liking and commenting) during breaks throughout my day.
What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: I travel for my corporate job, so it’s very difficult to build a product-based business when I’m not close to inventory. I’m working with Amazon warehousing to ship my products and find ways to build systems that allow me to work from anywhere!
What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: Creating a brand that dog-moms can trust. Women love their dogs, they are the constants in our ever-changing lives and provide so much love. It’s important that dog-moms have a brand they can trust without question.
Who is your greatest supporter?: My two yorkies, Sophia and Izzy Bear! Oh and my husband 🙂
Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?:
Hearing the stories of how peoples’ dogs have helped them through difficult situations in their lives. It reminds me that Smalldog Official is so much more than grooming products. It’s about keeping our special fur friends clean and happy so they can continue to provide us unconditional support!
What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: I hope that the Smalldog Official product line will grow the number of products we sell so people can continue to return to www.smalldogofficial.com as a place to find the best products for their small dogs!
Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?: Maybe to set your expectations realistically. It took me almost four months to launch my first product, get the website going and finalize the logo, etc…
For more information on Carly and her Side Hustle, check out her website, follow Smalldog Official on Instagram and Facebook, or reach out via email to connect or collaborate. And if you’d like to keep up with the whereabouts of Sophia and Izzy Bear, follow them on Instagram!