Interviewed by: Justyna Kedra (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BASED IN: NEW YORK
What do you do?
I plan bachelor and bachelorette party getaways!
What do you think is the best aspect of being your own boss?
Getting to see my ideas come to life. There isn't someone I have to run things by before I launch something new. I can take some risks and try new things and not be concerned about asking permission or risking someone else's capital or vision.
What would you say are the top three things to keep in mind while running your own company?
You'll need to believe in yourself - you might find that some people you hoped would, don't. You can't let that change your vision.
If this is something you're doing from home, don't lose sight of the fact that you're working. You can't slack off just because there isn't anyone there to tell you what's expected of you.
It really is often about who you know. You're not an island - you will need to know, network with and draw from as many people as possible.
What does the word "entrepreneur" mean to you?
Entrepreneur means a LOT of things to me. For starters: crazy (in the best way possible). It takes a slightly crazy person to put their ideas out there and give it everything they have. It also means passionate, ambitious, tough and willing to sacrifice.
How did you get into your industry? Did you always know that's what you wanted to do?
I was a hotel concierge years ago and it was my favorite job I had ever had. In my entrepreneurial life I've always loved to spin off of that and draw from my hospitality background.
Bootstrap or raise money?
I'd say bootstrap whenever and however long possible but, of course, it completely depends on the business model.
What advice could you offer to other aspiring entrepreneurs?
"Just keep swimming" - Dori (Finding Nemo). It's likely going to be very hard in the beginning and you'll have to dig really deep in order to keep after it even when you're in a slump.