October is recognized as National Women's Small Business Month and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to highlight a few of the women entrepreneurs, inventors, and Makers that are a part of our Grommet family. We're constantly inspired by the business innovations and achievements women are making –from product development, to forming charitable organizations, to building businesses that encourage the next generation of female makers.
We've asked a few of our Makers to share their thoughts on what it's like to be a business owner and what advice they would give someone just starting out on their entrepreneurial journey.
Click each Maker's name to learn more about them and their business.
What three personality traits do you think have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?
"I am fearless, determined, confident, and always thinking out of the box." –Carol Bildahl of Lofti
"I’m persistent, I’m self-motivated and I’m kind. Many people undervalue kindness in their work. I think most of the things I accomplish with Pulleez would never happen if people didn’t know I would treat them well and genuinely appreciate their kindness in return" –Diana Wright of Pulleez
What lessons have you learned over the years that might help other entrepreneurs who are just starting out?
"In order for my business to be stronger, I need to become comfortable with delegating certain tasks. When we started zkano, I was a one-woman show in many ways and handled most of the day-to-day tasks of the business. Because of this, the tendency is for me to feel like I still need to do these things on my own. We’re growing and I know ... I have to let go a bit and focus on other aspects of the business." –Gina Locklear of Zkano
"I was told once, never be afraid to fail. You learn more from failing then you do from succeeding. And it's totally true." –Becky Morette of Sunday Drive Designs
What has surprised you most about starting a business?
"Starting a business has been an interesting journey, because it kind of happened by accident. The Flair Exchange was a hobby before it was ever a place for profit. I've definitely had to remind myself that what I'm doing now is in fact a business and I have to be pretty serious about that. I've been most surprised by all of the rules, regulations and bureaucracy that surrounds being a business." –Carmen Taylor Rogge of The Flair Exchange
“I never imagined that running a business would be analogous to riding a roller coaster –full of such high and low moments. Take away: savor the entrepreneurial journey. Enjoy and learn from it all.” –Romy Taormina of Psi Bands
Discover many more women owned businesses here on The Grommet.