I'm sure some of you would know that before Love, Bonito was born, Viola, Rach & myself were selling clothes & accessories through our BonitoChico Livejournal platform. A little more on how it all started... I was 19 then, and it was the period after my 'A' Levels before enrolling into University. I was bored and I needed some extra pocket money. That's when I decided that instead of lugging all my used clothings etc. to a flea market to try to sell them, I'd try to put them up online instead.
This was my very first post selling my pre-loved tee shirts back in July 2006. By God's blessings, the post was surprisingly well received and I sold every single piece! After the success of the first post, I asked both Jie & Rach to join the fun in selling pre-loved items on the website too ;)
Soon enough, our customer base grew, and that's when we decided to do some wholesaling from Bangkok. At the same time, I picked up a hobby of jewellery making, and sold those pieces on BonitoChico as well!
Back then, I didn't have one bit of experience at all about Adobe Photoshop and had to learn everything from scratch through online websites/forums. I absolutely disliked using the Magnetic Lasso tool to remove the backdrop of my photos, and then dealing with layers to create the artwork that would go up online! That was definitely one of the toughest challenges for me - to make sure that the artwork's always aesthetically pleasing so that customers will keep coming back! Psst you can ask Jie & Rach how I always nag at them to do their Photoshop well ;)
Anyhoots, that was about 6 years back!! These days, technology is constantly improving and there are so many new tools in the market for us to take product pictures!
Tools like the HP TOPSHOT LASERJET PRO PRINTER, which is essentially a 'Studio in a Box'! I wish there were something like that when I first started!
It comes with a unique top mounted 8MP camera that takes sharp & consistent high-resolution 3D scans of documents and objects! Yes, 3D scans!
All you need to do is to place the objects you wanna scan or take a picture of, press the scan button, and the job's done! The top mounted camera will activate its 3LED lights for document/object illumination, to create the 3D effect. No other special lighting is needed ;) You can also do away with those cumbersome lids that get in the way every time you scan something!
This is how the scan came out! It's virtually glare-free & shadow-free, there's no backdrop to Magnetic Lasso away in Photoshop, the colours are accurate, and there's even a depth-of-focus in the photo!
Tested it out on the accessories I wore that day.. So easy to do a accessories-of-the-day entry now ;) In my opinion, this function can really helps to revolutionize your work flow! Not only can you make use of the scanner, it also has other very awesome functions.
With the HP e-Print, you can easily email documents directly to your HP printer for print, even when you're out of office!
And with the AIRPRINT function, you can print wirelessly from your iPad, iPhone or iTouch devices! All these are great tools for your business in my opinion!
So happy I have a HP TOPSHOT LASERJET PRO PRINTER tucked at the corner of my work area! It definitely makes my workflow a lot smoother, especially when I need to scan magazine pictures, or print inspirations to create my moodboards.
And I'm sure my fellow entrepreneurial friends Jessica (Shiberty Sweets), and Yina (thevelvetdolls) would agree! Am looking forward for our tea session with them & some our readers.. Will update with more details on that in the coming weeks ;)
And last but not least, to those who are thinking of starting a business, or are in already in the midst of it, here's wishing you all the very best! xx