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Tweet Business of the Day: The BeezKneez
Who: Valerie Guerrero, 39, @thebeez_kneez
What: A line of trendy invitations, announcements and stationary for different occasions
When: Guerrero began selling in 2008
How: Guerrero fell into her business venture accidentally while working as a graphic designer. A friend asked her to design a gag gift that she created through Zazzle.com, a site that allows users to sell and design their own items. After sending the site to her friend, Guerrero forgot about it. Later she found out that people were buying her gag gift design through the Zazzle site, which got her thinking that maybe she stumbled upon something lucrative.
"I didn't realize that it was out there live, and that people could by it. I did more research during the 2008 election, where I designed some bumper stickers to sell. I thought I could make some gas money on this."
She made more than gas money. After working full time at her graphic design job and putting in hours developing her Zazzle store at night, Guerrero was able to quit her day job this past year. She said she is pulling in more money through the site than she was working at her old job.
Where: Silicon Valley, Calif
In her own words: "I have amassed so many products to sell at this point, it's kind of running itself."