The Business Side of Things


Position:

Family Member:

Lead Artist

Lorna Bluestein

Finance Manager

David Bluestein

Computer Scientist and Artist

Matthew Bluestein



$3 from every coconut sold will be donated to S.O.S. Children's Villages




S.O.S. Childrens Villages works to prevent family breakdown and care for children who have lost parental care, or who risk losing it. They work with communities, partners and states to ensure that the rights of all children, in every society, are respected and fulfilled.



S.O.S. Children's Villages is non-governmental and non-denominational. They respect all religions and cultures and work with trusted partners in places where they can contribute to social development. You may learn more about S.O.S. Children's villages at the following link:



www.sos-childrensvillages.org




The Story



Creating HandPaintedCoconuts.com was a family effort. This business excursion started when Lorna, our Lead Artist, told one of our family friends who were visiting at the time that she would paint a coconut for them and their family.


After completion of the coconut we sent it to them and they were in shock to see a coconut delivered straight into their mailbox! Seeing it was a cool idea to send hand painted coconuts, we all decided to make it a business to help pay for Matthew’s education.


Being home for the summer, Matthew took on the job of creating this very website you are using to be able to sell these coconuts over the internet. David took on the business side, securing the domain name, setting up the books and registering the business. Lastly Lorna took on the job of creating the initial inventory (with help from some family and friends).



The Process



1. Gather quality Florida-grown coconuts


2. Prime the coconuts


3. Paint each coconut individually


4. Clear coat protectant


5. You order the coconut


6. We ship directly! No box required





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