Meet A Small Business Owner ~ An Interview

My name is  Doniele Disney and I have owned 4 businesses and am working on starting a Non-Profit Rescue for Farm Animals.  

But at the moment I only have (2) that are currently active.

I will be talking about my business, Poppies Famous Products.

Poppie’s Paint Powder is an additive you put in “any paint, any color” to make chalk paint for refinishing furniture & diy’ers

Some Background:

Poppie’s Famous Products was started in 2013 by one of my very close friends, Nancy.  Her husband created a product called, “Poppie’s Paint Powder” just for her as a more economical solution to making chalk paint.  Nancy felt like she had to share this amazing product with everyone so she created the business, “Poppie’s Famous Products.”

In 2013, after just launching the business, I had met Nancy at an event where I was promoting my boutique and after that became her very first retailer.  Though, I closed my shop down in 2014, Nancy & I became very good friends and I continued to help out with “Poppie’s” social media, website, events, and chalk painting classes.

In 2017, I had just finishing building a new website for Poppie’s and she broke the news that she wanted to move on from Poppie’s and sell the business.  Of course, I was offered the business before anyone as I had spent much time within her company. So my husband and I took over 🙂

I can say that owning a business is definitely a learning experience and not everyone is cut out for it.  I have dreamed of having my own business for as long as I can remember. I think the freedom has always enticed me though having that thought of “freedom” can also be a businesses’ downfall.

Unfortunately, the real reality of having a business is that you don’t actually have that freedom at all, whether you have employees or not.  I have found that running a business “the right way” is that you are available 24/7; because things happen all the time. Unplanned things and if it doesn’t get fixed, it could end up costing you.

Though this may not jive with every business; it does correspond with most that I am familiar with.  

Even some of the wealthiest business owners I have met, who have hundreds of employees, don’t have the freedom of just turning of their phones and unplugging from their businesses, at least not completely.

I would have to say one of the things that worries “me” the most is failing.  Unfortunately, in business you have to take the good with the bad. We have good days and bad days. Don’t we all wish we could be like Amazon and have everyday be a good day!  But in reality, a small business like mine in a niche market takes time, hard work, and a lot of patience to grow 🙂

For my business I use Quickbooks.  I have used Quickbooks on and off since 2013.  I have pretty much had to teach myself. They have come so far in their capabilities and products; I actually started on desktop version which now to me is so foreign because I have been using the online version so long.  I have to say the last thing that I want to be doing is my accounting and my business is not profitable enough to realistically contract the duty out.

So with quickbooks on my computer, my tablet and my phone it cuts my accounting time in half which gives me more time to spend watching grey’s anatomy and law & order 🙂

Challenges — Yea there is always those.  Every Day in fact. It’s always something!

I think for me personally one of the things I struggle with, in my business and even personal/home life is time management.  Time management is actually very important for a business owner especially if they have many other outside responsibilities or like me (2) businesses & a million outside responsibilities.

I always feel like im terrible at balancing everything which ultimately can end up costing a business owner money; “Time is Money.”

I have tons of calendars and lists!  Alexa is a godsend as well on reminding me of things, of course as long as I remember to ask her to remind me!

At this time, I do not have any employees however, I do have a plan to hire in the near future.  I would actually love to hand off all the normal tasks I do and just be the brains behind the operation…wishful thinking I guess.  Also, good, reliable help is really hard to find!

On a final note; If there’s anything that I have learned from owning my own businesses, it’s that you really have to want it, believe in it and work hard to make it happen.

Final Note; This was an interview I did for a training class I was taking.

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