Tin Shingle In The Press

Newspaper Column Debut for Tin Shingle's Owner

Tin Shingle Gets Good Ink

Working with kids can be challenging (ok, very challenging), but can have payoffs. It's a hot topic in the world because so many of you do it!

Tin Shingle's owner, Katie Hellmuth Martin, has just debuted her first monthly column for the hyper-local paper, The Highlands Current.

“Kid Friendly” is a love-inspired column about kids and the realities of having them. Topics that will be tackled include entertainment, interior design, food, fitness, events, working-parent life, childcare. All the things we need to do in order to make kid-friendly work. You can read the first column here!

Being published in ink alongside local journalists is a huge honor, and writing about this subject matter is important to Katie, as so many working parents navigate the life/kid balance on a daily basis.

Local Tin Shinglers Can Submit Ideas

This column will feature businesses, events, shops, experts and service providers whenever possible. Features must be from Beacon, NY or Cold Spring, NY. Ideas for the months ahead are below, and more details and contact information has been added to Tin Shingle's Special Opps PR Lead section for Level 4 All Access Pass members to access at any time.

This is a mini-editorial calendar idea list for the column, and actual themes may change.

Back to Work - Working With Kids (and Snow Days!)

Over Scheduled

Giving Back

Holiday Realness

Interior Design

Love inspired


Tin Shingle Featured in FitSmallBusiness for Managing Personal & Business Expenses


Happy Money Monday!

For a recent article at FitSmallBusiness, the advice of Tin Shingle's owner Katie Hellmuth Martin was featured at FitSmallBusiness alongside tips from other business owners and financial professionals.

Loan Personal Money to Your Business Only When Necessary
From the article...

"Are you financing your business from your personal funds? You may do this only when necessary – but you have to ensure that you loan the money to your business and log this to your accounting software as a business loan. Monitor how much your business has borrowed from your personal funds, and ensure to set a strict payment timeline for your business to pay the money it owes to your personal account."

That money can add up! You want to be sure to pay yourself back. The nice thing about paying yourself back is that you have money moving back into your personal bank account that isn't marked as a salary. But don't wait too long on your repayment, or you may need to pay interest on that loan.

Be sure to check with your accountant first to make sure you are in accordance with all tax law.

Tin Shingle's Financial Templates You Will Love

Are you afraid of using a bookkeeping software like Quickbooks or Freshbooks? Fear not! Tin Shingle has designed for you something simpler using Excel. While we highly recommend for you to use Quickbooks or Freshbooks, you can take baby-steps in the meantime with our Expense & Income Tracking Template. Accountants and bookkeepers love Excel, so they will love when you send them your expenses and income in this template. Make tax time a lot easier on yourself!
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Hudson Valley Magazine Speaks with Katie Hellmuth Martin, Co-founder Tin Shingle


Days after attending the 3rd Annual Women in Business lunch hosted by Westchester's business magazine, 914Inc., I picked up a copy of the Hudson Valley Magazine from my local drugstore here in Beacon, NY (yes, we still have a local drugstore that isn't Rite Aid!), to read the December issue of our regional magazine. This month covers how female entrepreneurs, CEOs and small business owners are taking care of business. I was honored to be included in the editor's letter that kicked off the issue.

Olivia Abel, editor in chief, interviewed me for my take on what special challenges women entrepreneurs face these days. The challenges that women entrepreneurs face are quite different for each circumstance and usually relate heavily to family and time. She included a few of my thoughts in her editor's note, which I'll share here with you as well:


Perfection. Women are natural organizers and can multi-task very well. These are ingredients to a recipe for success. However, women who can quickly foresee the success of a business venture can be easily let down or disappointed in themselves if things aren't going exactly as planned. It's important for women to forgive themselves when they are working their hardest and sacrificing personal time for the pursuit of their business. (Alli Webb, founder of Drybar, also feels this way, as we learned in our business success secrets interview with her.)

Guilt. Women are consumed by guilt, and it's a really hard habit to break. There is no room for guilt in business relationships. Guilt about having a negative conversation with someone when a situation needs improvement can often lead to no conversation at all, and thus no improvement in a situation.

Family. Women are nurturers, and in business this can work very well as they listen to the needs of their businesses and shift accordingly. But the pull of family responsibilities is strong, and women often are taking care of household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and directly caring for the children. This is quite time consuming, thus leading to time away from growing their business. On the upside, however, unplugging in this digital day in age has become increasingly difficult, so a forced unplugging when spending time on family or household can lead to a recharged brain and fresh ideas.

Networking. It can be difficult to find a networking group that gets to the core of your business needs. But once you fine one, you'll realize that women are great at sharing and like to help each other.

Being "Worth It". Entrepreneurial women have created something from scratch. There is no boss telling them to stay after 5pm, or working on a family vacation. Entrepreneurs decide to work these extra hours, not take personal calls during the day, and sometimes say no to personal invitations when really, she needs to be working on her business. Women sacrifice for others, but rarely for themselves. And as a business owner, a woman must think that she and her business are "worth it" in order to do what needs to be done.


Local Blogger Featured in Small Batch Popsicle Roundup for Hudson Valley Magazine

Katie Hellmuth Martin, owner of Tin Shingle and publisher of the local online newspaper, A Little Beacon Blog, was happy to oblige when she got a call from then editor-in-chief of Hudson Valley Magazine, Olivia Abel, to be in the photo shoot for an article on small-batch popsicles. The article featured a Beacon, NY local's favorite, Zora Dora's.