L. Rumbalski [bearhaven]
What is the business idea that you are working on right now? How did you come up with it?
children's retail and party planning. I came up with it by combining things I am good at
Is there a website, blog or social media link where we can see more about your project and/or yourself?
What is your professional background? What were you doing before?
I studied English and tutored international students. I also have librarian, research assistant, and retail experience under my belt
How did the entrepreneurial spirit rise up in you? Were you exposed to entrepreneurship in your family or your social environment when you were a child?
Honestly, I have no idea. I just wanted to do something where I could be with my children and have a career as well
Do you have partners working with you on this? How do you split the work with them?
Describe your business plan as briefly and simply as possible.
Providing stuff a plush parties and children's items that are hard to find in the area I live while also making it affordable
What have you achieved up to now? What have you yet to achieve?
Working my way to having a storefront. Now I need to get my website off the ground and let more local people know I exist
Are you looking for investors? What are you offering in exchange for what?
not at this time
Do you have employees or people that you outsource tasks to? What do they do?
Entrepreneurs have a reputation as "control freaks." How do you avoid that?
I try to take a step back when overwhelmed
How do you balance work with relaxation?
still working on that
What is your main motivation: being your own boss, adventure and discovery, getting rich, doing good for others, or is there something else?
my motivations are creating a legacy for my children and also helping my community by encouraging people to shop local
What do you think of big corporations? Would you work for one?
I think it would be easy to get lost in the shuffle. I don't know
Describe two moments of maximum fear and maximum satisfaction that you have lived through in your business adventure.
Maximum fear: this past February when the weather forced me to close for most of the month and was afraid we would not be able to pay our bills. Also when I opened the storefront. It was scary and exciting at the same time.
Maximum satisfaction: the look on children's faces when I am entertaining them at their party. Also knowing I did such a good job when their friends want a party too!
When you need guidance or advice, where do you find it?
my husband and my mom
Up to what point is luck is important? How do you attract it?
I think luck is somewhat important. I mean, you are hoping that your idea is received well. I think planning is more important. Attract it by talking your idea up and being positive!
What do you do to maintain morale and continue persevering in low times?
tell myself that I am just beginning and it will be ok. I also listen to peppy music
Which well known entrepreneurs/enterprises do you admire? Why?
Honestly, the entrepreneurs that I admire are not well known to the world but are small town business owners from my hometown that I admired while growing up
What other types of businesses are you frequently tempted by?
Are these times of crisis good for beginning a business?
yes and no. Many people are laid off or in my situation trying to find a way to make extra to help family, so a low cost start up business may be a good solution. However, if you do not have the time, patience, and extra money to invest, then no it is not a good time to build a business. It is rough and there are many obstacles, and it is easy to be discouraged at times.
How important have PR and social media been for you?
I am just getting into the PR aspect, but social media has been awesome! It is getting me more hits to my website and more traffic in-store
What would you call success? Where would you like your business to be five years from now?
Success would be where my business is paying for itself, and I can hire someone to help. Also if it is bringing more people to the downtown, even better!
I would like for my website to be generating traffic and to have more than one storefront in five years.
What skills would you advise a want-to-be-entrepreneur to acquire?
Entrepreneurs need to have good people skills and internet skills. Honestly, if they know something about business, marketing, or web design, even better!