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The Quiet Times

Illustrating Innovation in Small Business

It is the nature of innovation that forces one, at times, to drop out of the public eye and focus solely on creating. These are largely quiet times: inundated by idea generation, trial-and-error experimentation, and productive failure sparking organic education. This is especially true of the small artisanal company.

When quiet times come around for small businesses, it’s quite apparent – communication is sparse; presence in sparse at community events; social media activity dies down. People may ask, “What’s going on?”

The seeming lull is simply energy being focused inside the company. The goal is to create an exciting new product or system that will improve the organization as a whole and better serve the community. Just like a living organism, as the business grows, phases of recurring activity emerge and form cycles. These cycles keep its systems alive, thriving, and growing. Each step in the process brings some form of change and new life to it. The quietest of these phases, for the small business, is innovation.

The quiet times are necessary for innovation, and innovation sparks growth. They are just as significant as the exciting periods, most people just don’t know to look for them.

“So, what’s going on with Turning Point?”

I reply to this with a glimmer in my eye. This is when you know that something big is on the way. All I can say is keep your eyes peeled, and start getting excited!

Time goes on and Turning Point is continues to grow. The cycles that energize our systems and push us forward are hard at work. We’ve been spreading excitement, pride, and joy to many people with our meaningful, artisanal pens. Some are heirloom items that carry family stories within them. Some are given proudly as luxury gifts by those who wanted to impress and show appreciation. Some help commemorate special moments and stand-out achievements. It’s been a whirlwind of positive emotions and penmaking.

We’re excited to learn and grow at Turning Point Pen Company. Our adaptive and creative culture encourages phases of creative reflection and innovation, especially after times of intense activity. So when the sanding dust settled, we started innovating.

Remember, the quiet times are just as significant as the exciting ones. Most people just don’t know to look for them.

So get excited – there are lots of fun things are on the way for Turning Point!

Buy Early Pre Holiday Sale 2018 Turning Point Pen Co.

The Buy Early Pre-Holiday Sale: “What” and “Why”

Today marks the start of Turning Point Pen Co.’s first sale! This year, we’re offering a special pre-holiday discount from November 9th–22nd: the “Buy Early Pre-Holiday Sale.” All you have to do is enter the code “buyearly18” at checkout or in the “Describe your moment” field of your custom order form and you’ll receive 10% off on all purchases! This is exciting, as surprise sales always are… but why offer a sale at such an odd time?

There are 3 reasons that we are offering this uniquely timed discount: (more…)

Blue swirl acrylic first handmade fountain pen gift

Introduction to Turning Point Pen Co.

Welcome to the Turning Point Blog, everyone! This is Michael, owner and founder of Turning Point Pen Company. For this first post, I thought it would be fun to share with you the story of how this business got started.

Before creating Turning Point Pen Co., I had no entrepreneurial aspirations. I was a college athlete, inquisitive student, and had worked in many different job settings. I’ve always enjoyed working hard to produce high-quality results. I also have a passion for living life to the fullest and seizing the opportunities that come along; if there’s one thing that I’m not, It’s lazy. So, when an opportunity to grow and share a craft that I loved dropped right on my head, it was my nature to take it…and run with it. Here’s how it came about.

A “really nice fountain pen”

Streamers hung festively in the entryway, but there was no place for my balloons. ‘Twas the night before graduation and I had every reason to celebrate: my closest friends were all there, I had earned my bachelor’s degree, and I had realized my dream of being a college athlete — I could not have been more excited for the unknown future. Though I didn’t know what the next step in my life was going to be, I had strong faith that I would find it.

That night, just a few hours before the sun rose, a conversation came up about a gift. “All I want my parents to buy me for graduation is a really nice fountain pen,” my friend randomly declared.

My eyebrows raised up and ideas immediately started forming. I hadn’t made a pen in a while, but my experience told me that I could create something special. That off-hand comment sparked something in me. I asked her, “What if I could make you that fountain pen?”

The gift that sparked the excitement

She looked at me blankly for a moment… and then freaked out. Pure excitement! Now, this lovely person is full of life and pretty excitable anyway, but the idea that I could make this meaningful gift ignited something under her in that moment.

“I’d know the artist, it would be one-of-a-kind unique, it would be my pen…,” on and on she went — she was electrified.

That was the moment when I knew that, no matter what career path I chose, I wanted to keep creating this kind of excitement in the people I came into contact with.

Take another look at the pen in this article’s featured image. That is actually the pen that I made for my friend in this story — the pen that started it all!

Her next comment was as impactful as her joyous reaction, I’ll playfully admit. She said, “My parents are paying for it, so charge me whatever you want!” — a very attractive offer to this young man who, at that time, identified as a “broke college student.” My mind’s idea light lit up.

That’s when my middle school passion for turning wood on a lathe transformed into my first business idea.

“It’s a masterpiece. The colour: amazing. The fine details, too. Pictures and video don’t do it justice at all. I view it as art work that doubles as a pen.” ~ Boyd Reid

“I ordered a Turning Point product as a unique gift that would stand out. Michael was really easy to work with and took the time to create the meaning I wanted in this gift. The finished product surpassed my expectations in both material quality and craftsmanship, and my friend absolutely loved it!” ~ Krista Samek

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