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UpInSmoke

Member Since 06 Nov 2017
Offline Last Active Oct 03 2018 09:21 PM

#1585306 Temporary Food Vendor Permits

Posted by UpInSmoke on 03 October 2018 - 09:15 PM

This being our first year in business I have always reached out to the county office in advance of the event. With us providing samples with no chance of contamination such as double dipping, we have not had to file for a permit yet. But I know many states are much more strict than NC. I always err on the side of caution and check in advance. Id hate to get there and set up only to be shut down.


#1580223 New hot sauce startup considerations

Posted by UpInSmoke on 05 September 2018 - 06:55 PM

Best advice I could give is read this forum end to end.  When I had the idea of starting this business I took pages and pages of notes from this very forum as a starting point.  Form there I was able to develop pointed questions and seek additional advice.  I've been too busy to contribute much since we started selling back in April but the people on this forum rock and the advice from those that have already learned the hard lessons is invaluable!




#1544225 At long last....a sauce company is born

Posted by UpInSmoke on 10 April 2018 - 06:12 AM

I like the jalapeno and garlic roasting marshmallows lol

Thanks.  That was my favorite to do!




#1544118 At long last....a sauce company is born

Posted by UpInSmoke on 09 April 2018 - 07:01 PM

Congrats bro! Wishing you mega success!

Thank you!!




#1544113 At long last....a sauce company is born

Posted by UpInSmoke on 09 April 2018 - 06:55 PM

It has been a long road to get here but Rising Smoke Sauceworks will officially be selling six varieties of hot sauce beginning this Saturday.  This forum has been such a valuable resource in me getting the company started and getting my products legal I would like to share a discount code with each of you.

 

Visit www.risingsmokesauce.com and enter code "THP" at checkout for 20% off your entire order.  

 

I can't thank you guys enough for all of the valuable information shared, pinned posts, feedback, etc.  The discount code will be active through 4/22.

 

 

I did open the site for pre-orders effective today!  Any preorder will deliver next week.




#1544112 At long last....a sauce company is born

Posted by UpInSmoke on 09 April 2018 - 06:51 PM

It has been a long road to get here but Rising Smoke Sauceworks will officially be selling six varieties of hot sauce beginning this Saturday.  This forum has been such a valuable resource in me getting the company started and getting my products legal I would like to share a discount code with each of you.

 

Visit http://www.risingsmokesauce.com and enter code "THP" at checkout for 20% off your entire order.  

 

I can't thank you guys enough for all of the valuable information shared, pinned posts, feedback, etc.  The discount code will be active through 4/22.




#1525852 Label question

Posted by UpInSmoke on 08 February 2018 - 06:32 AM

Im at the point of getting prices for printing my labels for my first run. When searching for a printer, what type of label specs should I be looking for? I know what size I am using, but I assume there are different types of material that should be used for refrigeration, etc. I just want to make sure I am pricing the right product up front.

Thank you for any help!


#1522846 Web platform

Posted by UpInSmoke on 30 January 2018 - 05:02 PM

my site and ecommerce is set up through shopify and im 98% happy and satisfied!



I just switched from Wix to Shopify. Many more features included.


#1513139 Business Software

Posted by UpInSmoke on 23 December 2017 - 02:37 PM

OK, I've made a lot of progress in getting the business going.  I have formed the LLC, working with a copacker on the first two batches, have insurance, etc.  Now it's time to get software to help me keep track of expenses, sales, inventory, etc.  The obvious default is Quickbooks but I have seen less than favorable reviews.  What other options are you guys using??

 

I truly appreciate the help!




#1508399 Logo feedback

Posted by UpInSmoke on 02 December 2017 - 08:12 AM

Considerations when designing a logo.
 
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Normally you need to be able to reduce the colors in a logo. You need to consider how it will look when it's dropped to "low color" and to black & white.
 
As per the sample above.
 
1) Full color | This is for general usage.
2) Low Color | Normally kept at 4 colors in the given sample white is one of the colors. This is used for print when the number of colors is limited.
3) Black & White | Used when only black ink is available. It's best to avoid grey scales if you can.
4) Black & White Small | Used when the logo will scaled down a lot and details will be lost.
 
Transparency is also a consideration. In some circumstances you will want what's under the logo to show through in something other then the "box" shape of the image.
 
Vector vs Bitmap, The above samples source files are all vector. Because of this they can all be re-scaled to any size without quality loss. I.E you won't see blocky pixels, or blurry spots. To have bitmap images scale well you have to use very very large images.



That is great information!! Thanks!


#1508398 Logo feedback

Posted by UpInSmoke on 02 December 2017 - 08:10 AM

I like it, but agree with this. Red instead of blue. You would probably have to get rid of the pepper with red smoke.


I was just trying to stay away from the same old orange/red flames that are everywhere out there. Maybe I need to rethink though.


#1508139 Logo feedback

Posted by UpInSmoke on 30 November 2017 - 08:38 PM

No problem. It's close actually just needs a little work. I could see a silhouette version, getting rid of the blue flames at the bottom, and simplifying the smoke whisps, and you could have a nice black or white logo. You could have a color one too but needs to be simpler.

 

Thats exactly what I was thinking.  I like the color version for black backgrounds and the web site but maybe a stripped down version for letterhead, etc..




#1508136 Logo feedback

Posted by UpInSmoke on 30 November 2017 - 08:31 PM

I don't like it. It looks like a "real" pepper pic with some basic fonts and busy smoke. All good logos need to look good on black and white, for example, if someone ordered a white T-shirt, or, on your business letterhead, how would this look? Also all good logos need to look good as a "bug" which means, when it's really small it is still legible. This does not pass either test. A great example is Coca-Cola.

 

Great feedback.  Thank you.




#1508129 Logo feedback

Posted by UpInSmoke on 30 November 2017 - 08:17 PM

I am in the process of becoming legal and everyone on this site has provided an incredible amount of good advice it's so much appreciated.  Now I would like to ask for feedback on my logo.  Most of my sauces feature smoked peppers, hence the name.  I'd love to know what you think.

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#1503638 Hello from NC!

Posted by UpInSmoke on 06 November 2017 - 02:57 PM

I have been reading posts on this forum for quite some time and have found so much useful information and finally registered to contribute myself.  I am in the process of taking my home made hot sauce recipes and finally turning them into a business.  I'm at the very start of that journey and can certainly learn a ton from those that have walked this road before me.  I'm looking forward to interacting with many of you and sharing tips, tricks and shared enjoyment of all things spicy!!