Rose & Co. Candlemakers

New Jersey
Home Goods

Questionnaire

How old were you when you started and where did your idea come from?:
I was 8 years old when I started my company. I was inspired and influenced by the businesses around me. I was also kind of bored and wanted to fill up the empty time in my life.
What was the biggest mistake you made and what did you learn from it?:
The biggest mistake I made was getting too comfortable with the extra work and money my dad contributed. Of course my dad did make sure that I got off my butt and worked harder. The thing is I just wasn't motivated to do anything in life, so I put the slack on my dad. That's a lesson that all girls (even ones that aren't entrepreneurs) should learn, is to not always rely on others. To be self-sufficient, because if you're not your business (or your life) will crumble.
What are your future plans for the business?:
One future plan for my business is to teach other girls how to be self sufficient and how to manage their lives more. Also to teach them the odds and ends of cutthroat business. Anyone who's always had things done for them and doesn't know how to work will barely make it through college let alone life. Another future plan is to get a storefront and a warehouse for storage. I really just want to be able to build my business and continue to become even more self-sufficient to the point that I can even support my parents as they have supported me. That is and always has been one of my top priorities to be able to provide for my parents the way they did for me all these years.
Any advice for other girls starting a business?:
The advice I have for girls I had already expressed in my interview. But don't let the talk and the doubts of other people get to you. Also as I said before you're eventually going to have to be able to rely on yourself in the future, so you might as well start early. With my dad all of his money that goes into the business is a "loan." So when we make money some of it goes into profits, some into supplies, but a good chunk of it goes into paying off the debt. Girls who start business where they get all the money back as profits and their parents pay for all the supplies never actually fully learn how business or life really works. They never become self reliant and that is not a strong foundation for a company.

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