Welcome to the Mom Owned Business Spotlight. In each installment, I will feature a new Mom Business Owner. I am so excited to show how different each business is as well as how everyone has different experiences and lessons that go along with entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneur that started my business when my daughter was born, I am passionate about business ownership, as well as honoring the mom experience while growing your business.
First up, I ask Katie Carter from Paper From Heaven 10 Questions! Here goes!
Tell me a little about yourself. Who do you share your life with?
I am a wife and mom of 4 boys. My husband is a seminary student and pastor. I also homeschool 3/4 of my boys. My business is our support to our family.
How did you get into business? Did it just happen one day? Did you have an exit strategy from your day job? Do you still have a day job? I love to hear how women got their start in business!
It began as a hobby 7 years ago when I only had 2 children. At that time I just wanted to do something to shake up my routine as a stay at home mom and make some extra spending cash. Soon I needed to make a decision, Etsy or a “real” job. I chose to make Etsy work for me to be able to stay at home with my growing family.
What makes you excited to “go to work” each day? What helps you push through the long days?
I get excited to “go to work” because sewing is my escape from everything else. I enjoy getting to do something that is for myself and not serving others in my family. Long days (especially during holiday season) is fueled by chai, lots and lots of chai.
What is the hardest thing about being a mom and being in business for you? What tradeoffs do you make when trying to balance both?
It’s difficult to balance everything, especially when it all is under one roof. I love to bake and cook, I love to eat healthy and spend time making food. My major trade off when life is crazy is our food. I settle for pre-made and out of a box. It’s not my idea, but I know work is more important at that point.
Tell me about your business! What do you do/make? Who are your ideal clients?
I make all sorts of organizers for every day life. My biggest collection that I have is for Essential Oil storage. When I first began everything was themed around crayon organizers & storage. I am working on launching a new line this October that are beard oil cases. My ideal clients are moms who want to have better organization with their kids toys, as well as Essential Oil users.
Where can we find your business online? Please include your social media links as well!
Where do you work geographically? Do you work from home, have an office?
For the first time I can say I have a home office! I have a room that is dedicated to my fabric and sewing.
For someone considering starting their own business, what advice would you give them? How would you encourage them to start out?
Just do it! You won’t know if it’s going to succeed if you don’t try. Take baby steps. I didn’t invest any extra money in my business when I first started, I made a profit and turned it back into the business. It takes longer to grow, but it keeps you from having a huge loan and wanting to walk away.
What do your kids think about your business? Do they think what you do is awesome?
Being an entrepreneur my children see that I get to make all of the decisions, I don’t have people telling me where to go and what to do. They see the relaxed environment of our family and enjoy having me around. Well I try to convince myself of that last part.
Lastly, if you had to do it all over again, what change would you make, if any?
I would have pushed myself harder at the beginning. I would have taken more risks and been more confident of myself.
Thanks so much, Katie for taking the time to answer these 10 questions! Do you have questions for Katie? Ask them below in the comments!