Happy Wednesday, Moms!
Has anyone else been having a weird week? Mine started with my 19-month-old (who has been on antibiotics for a nasty sinus/ear infection combo) waking up at 1 am Monday and then staying up until 3:30 for no apparent reason, and then not wanting to nap later in the day :/ Anyway, after my husband got off work Monday afternoon, I felt like I was coming down with something and ended up taking a long evening nap which both made me feel better and like I had wasted an entire day. Anyway, we are all on the mend now, so I digress.
You know what makes weird weeks way better though? Interviews with kick-a boss moms, which is exactly what we have today with the great Heather Bryan from Jupiter & Company!
Heather is a TRUE maverick when it comes to starting successful companies and has helped countless moms launch their own unique business that doesn't involve any sort of sales or referrals! Intrigued? Then read on as we pick Heather's brain:
Have you always had an entrepreneurial spirit or is your story one that blossomed during a corporate career (as so many tend to do)?
I began working for my dad after college and still consider him my boss - even though I own and run the companies myself. HA
My dad was always an entrepreneur so I learned a lot from him over the years. It wasn't until he retired did I realize 1. how much energy it takes to be an entrepreneur and 2. how much I learned from him over the years.
His motto was always: Put it out there, sell sell sell and reap the benefits.
What is your company and what makes it different from the others?
My company is a business in a box that gives others the opportunity to own and operate their own in home engraving business with support.
I am very unique in a few ways:
- My goal is not for me to be an "entrepreneur" but to give others the opportunity to be and learn how to be an entrepeneur
- I am the only woman that has designed and developed an engraving system and made in the USA
- I not only sell the box but I work the box locally so that I am able to help others know how to do it and to succeed
- I am not a multi level or network marketing company - the box owners will own and run their business
- I am giving a full warranty and coverage of the equipment with the use of Jupiter and Company products.
Why engraving? Can you tell us a little bit about the history of your business?
My father began Jupiter Sports in 1999 with an idea that he could enhance the customer experience by personalizing bag tags on site at golf events. Our first event was the Ryder Cup in 1999! We have engraved at over 500 events!
Then we ..
...had so many people asking how they could do their own engraving that we developed our original Jupiter Sports Engraving System. We sold them for $4300 and offered 6 products.
We currently have over 250 original engravers still operating today.
..when the recession hit, we decided it was time to revamp our engraver and develop one in house! This engraver is a self contained, diamond drag engraver that our customers can use with the purchase of our high quality products.
Currently there are over 75 new engravers working today.
Your personal mission is to help create 2,000 new entrepreneurs by 2025: how are you reaching this amazing goal?
I am confident that the mission I am putting out there will be achieved. Although I have been doing this for 17 years I consider Jupiter & Company a start up company. The most important thing i have done is to put the package together right. I have included so much information to easy anyones concerns about starting a business, how to set it up, who to sell to, how to make money and how to introduce your business.
From the minute you open your new box kit we will be there to guide you into success!
THE START UP KIT INCLUDES:
THE JUPITER ENGRAVING SYSTEM
MONITOR, KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
JUPITER & COMPANY GUIDEBOOK
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE LIST
PROJECT AND PROFITS GUIDE
TIPS TO SETTING UP YOUR HOME BASED BUSINESS
INTRODUCING YOUR NEW BUSINESS
50 FLAG LUGGAGE TAGS WITH LEATHER STRAP
BAG OF PRODUCT SAMPLE
BONUS: SUBSCRIPTION TO SUCCESS MAGAZINE
How does one begin their own engraving business with Jupiter and Company?
We have a booking system on our website so others can book a FaceTime appointment with one of our Brand Ambassadors to discuss the opportunity and to make sure that this is right for them. Our website has lots of true stories and videos to help get them to think about how this would work in their lives.
What does the life of a CEO mompreneur look like? Can you walk us through a day in your shoes?
I actually have 3 companies I run - Jupiter Engraving (my local engraving business), Jupiter & Company (business in a box sales and the development of the engraver) and MacKay Bags (my charity company that sells a bag that I designed) www.bagswithacause.com
One of the most important things for me is to make sure I spend time on everything, balance... HA HA HA I inch out everyday making sure my kids are fed, sometimes at 11:30am I feel a rush of panic and think "Where are my kids?" Breathing deeply I remember they are at camp safe and sound. Then the guilt creeps in that takes me 15 minutes to talk myself into the state of: I am allowed to have my own thing. Then I panic at 2:40 to clean my desk before I am back to mom duty, thinking always in the back of my mind... I rocked it today.
And now for my favorite question: Do you have a certain Jupiter and Company memory that stands out as being the absolute best?
I sent a Facebook post out to my friends and family letting them know what my new venture was... in 5 minutes my cousin Tammy wrote me that she wanted in. I knew that I was ready at that moment because I knew I could sell her a box. I would never be dishonest but if you sell your family something horrible it spreads like wildfire - especially in an Italian family. So knowing I could take her money and give her an opportunity was my realization that I had done it. That I was ready.