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Meet the Maker: Bonnie Tyler of The Negg

In our Meet the Maker series, you hear from our Makers on their journeys as entrepreneurs and how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.

Today we're catching up with Bonnie Tyler, the Maker behind The Negg. Bonnie invented a hard-boiled egg peeler after a frustrating experience peeling eggs. After some prototyping and research at her local library, she cracked a solution and her product was born. Hear more from Bonnie on what it's been like starting a business and what advice she has to share with other Makers just starting out.

Meet the Maker Bonnie Taylor of The Negg. She shares what it's like starting a business and advice for other Makers just starting out.

What’s one piece of advice you’d share with other Makers?
To give one is impossible. There are many many pieces of advice. Things we've learned–take your pick. :)

1.You can't go into this half-heartedly. Any invention needs your full attention. To think you can take it on as a part-time job would be a mistake. Only if you want to make a partially successful project.

2. Other makers are out there who are eager to help you through the process. Talk to them.

3. It's a big leap to actually follow through with an idea. Get your prototype, apply for a patent, and then show your invention to your family and friends and watch their reactions. We had that “aha” moment with The Negg. That feedback was invaluable and helped us take the leap.

What other things do you love to make?
An eagle on a par 5. Yes, I am a frustrated golfer. Talk about creating! Every time you hit an errant shot you have to create a plan for recovery. Golf is creation on steroids.

Meet the Maker Bonnie Taylor of The Negg. She shares what it's like starting a business and advice for other Makers just starting out.

What has surprised you most about starting a business?
Manufacturing and selling product has so many pieces. It requires so much more than just the product. Instruction sheets, boxes, shipping boxes, customer service, and on and on. At times the learning curve is a vertical line.

Or this biggest challenge?
Around every corner is another challenge. Having enough instruction sheets to go with the product. Also boxes and shippers–matching it all up.

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Start now. It takes more time than you can possibly imagine. Move fast because there is most likely someone right on your heels.

What has been the most rewarding part of starting a business?
Solving the problem of peeling hard-boiled eggs. It really is fun to see how happy it makes people.

How has The Grommet community helped your business since your feature?
Invaluable! I cannot say enough for the Grommet community. They stepped in and joined our team of Negg heads. The fabulous graphics, the first rate videos, our most incredible account manager, the whole community was instrumental in getting us to where we are today.

 

To learn more about The Negg, watch our video, and shop here.

Comments

  • name Says:

    *heels*

  • Loree Says:

    Congratulations! Love the answers!

  • Mary Says:

    I am amazed you needed to invent this gadget. I very rarely have any problem removing the shells from hard-boiled eggs. I put them under cold running water until they cool and the shell comes off easily.

  • Mary Paine Says:

    I ordered this and I was amazed how awesome it works. I did 6 egss in less than 3 minutes. The Negg

  • Sydelle Says:

    Dear Bonnie, I can't thank you enough for creating the Negg. I've never made so much egg salad and devil'd eggs ever. My family loves it! I purchased 5 of them (for myself and daughters). You are a fantastic woman! Sydelle Goodman, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

  • Mike Says:

    That is impressive, Mary Paine. I'm not well-versed on World Records for egg peeling, but I think you're in contention.

    Mary, a lot of people just want to take all hassle out of the process which is exactly what The Negg does.

  • Shannon Says:

    I ordered this about 2 months ago and finally used it. I LOVE IT! It made peeling a dozen eggs, or I should say, not needing at actually peel a dozen eggs a breeze and I will ALWAYS use the Negg. I LOVE IT! Thanks for coming up with it.

  • Mike Says:

    Love to hear that, Shannon!

  • gt Says:

    "At times the learning curve is a vertical line." that means it was REALLY REALLY EASY

  • Mike Says:

    I think that means the exact opposite, gt.

  • Jenn Says:

    I love this. I struggle with peeling eggs & gave up on them.
    Awesome sauce

  • Emma Says:

    I love love this item!!! I cannot tell you how easy this makes peeling boiled eggs. I don't mind fixing deviled eggs anymore.

  • Theresa Says:

    Wher Do I order this?

  • Tori Says:

    Right here on The Grommet. You can click the images or link in the post above or visit: https://www.thegrommet.com/the-negg

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