How a Sweet Southern Belle Built a Successful Makeup Brand with $100

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BarbFBPicThe moment Barb Huffman sold her first piece of makeup, she jumped up and down and went running down the stairs to her husband, screaming, “I sold a jar of foundation! Honey, I sold a jar of foundation!”

“I felt like I’d won the jackpot,” says Barb, telling the story with as much joy as if it had happened 10 minutes ago. That was 2004, shortly after she’d invested $100 to start her business. Her first sales were through eBay.

In the early days, Barb literally made each jar of mineral makeup one by one. She would order half an ounce of raw materials at a time and mix tablespoons of each ingredient using a little coffee bean grinder from Walmart. Once she sold one item, the profit would go toward making the next item. And that’s how Barb grew her business—one jar at a time. [Read more…]

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