How old were you when you started and where did your idea come from?
I was 12 years old and had received a 3-month subscription to another book box for my birthday. Though I liked the other box, the books they chose weren't my favorite and lacked variety at times. Since I was still attending school virtually (it was November 2020) and had a lot of time on my hands, I decided to start a book subscription business of my own with a bit more variety in books--because who better to run a book box for kids than a kid?
What was the biggest mistake you made and what did you learn from it?
I have had some trouble learning how to manage a budget, especially since it starts over every month. There's been many times (particularly during the beginning) that I've underestimated shipping expenses or book costs or something of the like. I've also learned that it's incredibly important to plan ahead for future months (one month = one box), so that you don't end up with a massive amount of work one month and none the next.
What are your future plans for the business?
I plan to work on expanding a bit and getting more subscribers who I don't know personally. I'd love to connect with bookworms from all over and try to share my love of reading with as many people as possible.
Any advice for other girls starting a business?
If you're going to run a business, make sure it's something you love to do. Sharing your passion with others is so rewarding, and it doesn't feel as much like work if you're doing something you love. Also, make sure you plan ahead. It's possibly the most important thing when trying to balance school, a business, and whatever other activities you may have.