Badge Review: Be-YOUtifulbadges

February 21, 2016

Hey friends,

If you do not know by now, then I should tell you that I am obsessed with changing my work badge. I do not know what it is, but I love being able to personalize them to my mood, holiday, or scrub outfit. I also love being able to use them as a conversation piece.

Well a little while ago (okay maybe a lot), the owner of Be-YOUtifulbadges on Etsy contacted me about trying out a few. Of course, I had to say yes! (I also love her etsy account name!)

She sent me two gorgeous hello kitty badge reels with just enough bling on one of them. I thought the material was durable and that my badges would last me for awhile. I scrolled through her Etsy account and everything is also reasonably priced! Which only adds to me buying more and more. Jessica, the owner, also has great customer service as well! Huge plus in my book when I buy items. 

I had her answer a few questions for the blog! And PSA she is starting to move into embroidered badges!!

1. Tell me about yourself.
My name is Jessica Rhodes.  I am 33 years old.  I have been a Licensed Practical Nurse since 2009.  Prior to that I was a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA).  I started my transition to Registered Nursing in May of 2015, and will graduate April 29.

2. How did you start/decide to make badge reels?
I had bought a few off a shop on Etsy, and a fellow nurse-coworker of mine makes them out of vial caps.  I figured this has to be pretty easy to do.  I went to a few craft shops and picked up a few items.  I wore them one weekend to work and a coworker of mine actually convinced me to create my Etsy shop, and bought one of my badges too.  I really didn't have any intentions due to time limits from school.

3. Are you looking to branch out and make other nursing accessories?
I have thought about making keychains.  Until I finish school, I have to stick with what I can manage at the moment.  My friends have suggested having someone help me with my creations.  I am a perfectionist with a moderate amount of OCD.  I don't think I could allow someone else to do the work for me.  I do want to invest in an embroidery machine at some point.

4. Where do you find your inspiration?I find the most inspiration when I am at the craft stores (Pat Catans, Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Joann Fabric).  I also browse the internet, you tube and Etsy for inspiration.  I listen to my customers also, and they inspire me as well.

5. If you had to choose, which badge reel is your favorite?Definitely my jewelry reels.  I have sold a few of them, and I wore mine to my clinical's at the hospital.  Wearing my product is my best sales pitch.  

6. What is one surprising thing you have learned about this process?
That social media is the best networking tool.  I've learned to keep my customers as happy as I possibly can.  I have a 100% satisfaction guarantee behind my product.  

7. What is your favorite part?

That "cha-ching" notification on Etsy.  Sales are exciting!!  Feedback from my customers though has to be my favorite part of all.  Without my customers I would be nothing.  They are the reason for my success.  

8. Anything else?
I have a giveaway each month on Etsy.  Anyone who makes a purchase will be entered into a drawing to win a free badge at the end of the month.  This is the least I can do to say thank you!

A huge thank you to Jessica for allowing me to ask her a few questions and try out her products first hand! Be sure to follow her on instagram at beyoutifulbadges and shop her etsy account here!

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