#FollowFriday: Beth Schart from Personal Scribe Services

Between texts, emails, snaps, instas, tweets, and statuses, the idea of having to wait days, if not weeks, for a message may seem almost regressive. Yet, there’s something romantic, almost nostalgic, about handwritten letters. Even though very few of us have even thought about writing one ourselves in years, no one can deny that this primeval form of communication is an art form in itself. And while not everyone can write like this…

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…Or this…

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… we can all ask someone with way better handwriting to write our letters and thank you notes for us.

BethSchart{Enter Beth Schart.}

Beth is the founder of Personal Scribe Services, a handwritten note writing service based in Rhode Island. A retired teacher, she uses her business to not only help busy-bees show their appreciation to others, but also to support causes she cares about.

We had a chance to talk with Beth about her work as a scribe and charitable vendor, and this is what she had to say:

How did you get started as a personal scribe? Was it something you always wanted to do?

After teaching for 23 years, my life changed and I was ready to change with it! Karl and I are empty-nesters and I wanted the flexibility to work from home and travel to visit our out-of-state children and grandchildren. I came up with the idea for this totally portable business after years of seeing the busy teachers I worked with who were getting married. Their engagement parties and bridal showers typically happened during April-June, prior to their summer weddings. I saw them stress about not having time to do everything, and knew I could help them by sending thoughtful, meaningful thank you notes to their guests.

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Tell me more about the wedding side of your business?

I love working with brides and grooms during such a happy time in their lives. I also love alleviating their thank you note anxiety so they can thoroughly enjoy all of their celebrations with family and friends. I work with my clients personally so I get to hear how much their friends and family mean to them. Brides and grooms want to be sure these important people feel their deep appreciation. I work with my clients to compose personalized notes that communicate that.

What inspired you to be a charitable vendor? What do you do to give back?

To me, charitable giving is a form of gratitude for my own blessings. The most efficient way I discovered to get that up and running for Personal Scribe Services was to use Swipe for a Cause as our credit card processor. Swipe for a Cause started here in RI and their local cause is Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island, an amazing facility that cared for my dad before he passed last year.

I also look to partner with other charitable vendors so that when their clients use my service, I donate a percentage of my fee to the charity they support. As my business grows, I continue to look for ways to give back.

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I feel that I can really make a difference when I connect with people personally. As a former teacher, the best part of my job was working closely with children. Now that I’m no longer in the classroom, I do pro bono tutoring as the need comes to my attention. I have teacher friends who refer parents to me if they believe I can help their child academically. Private tutoring fees are beyond the reach of many families yet that one-to-one attention goes a long way for those children who need it the most.

Make sure you check out Beth’s wonderful handwritten samples here! If you’re getting married and want to give back, you can support her socially-conscious business or create a charitable wedding registry to help a cause you care about.

Know any wedding vendors that are doing great things to give back? Let us know in the comments and we might feature them next time!

 

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