This month, we’re featuring Jaklyn Randall of Travis Family Farm for our women in small business interview series! I love the story of the Travis Family..a big family on a sustainable farm in Rhode Island, raising goats and making awesome products from goats milk. Their product line, Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap, includes all kinds of amazing soaps, lip balms, & body butters. Plus, they’re totally living the dream. Check out Jaklyn’s interview here, then be sure to visit their website to read more about this amazing family! Oh, and if you haven’t yet, don’t miss out on your entry to win our giveaway drawing later this week for a goat’s milk soap sampler pack! Just sign up for The Caffeinated Mom Club Newsletter in the sign up box below for your chance to win. (Winner will be announced on Friday, 10/13/17.)
1. Tell us about yourself and your business.
My name is Jaklyn and my family is as unique as the spelling of my name. I grew up as one of eight children and on the farm that now supports Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap. My younger sister, Rachyl, and I grew our business from a hobby through our work ethic, determination, and motivation. My primary role in the business is care of the goats who provide the milk used in our all-natural and organic products. One of our core values is supporting local and American businesses with our supplies and materials purchases as we are proud to be family owned and run.
2. Describe your work space. What’s your favorite thing about it?
My favorite part about my workspace is that because I work out of my home, my daughter, Daisy, is close by. When she was younger, I wore her in a carrier and she would join me as I worked. Now that she’s mobile, she enjoys playing while I’m working. I can see her helping out in the near future! For me, being a work from home mom means lots of juggling and sacrifice but it’s worth being with my daughter all day!
3. Where do you find your motivation when you feel stuck?
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Thankfully it’s rare that I feel “stuck” as inspiration is all around me from my daughter to my family to nature. I’m grateful to have feedback from customers in person and on social media as well. On the occasion that I do feel stuck, I find inspiration on the farm.
4. What did you think you’d be “when you grew up,” and how does it differ from the person you are today?
I always loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up. I’m definitely the same person but my passion grew more for farming than animal medicine. I was kind of unexpectedly thrown into business/entrepreneurship and really thrive off meeting new goals everyday and being my own boss.
5. What is one piece of advice you’d give to women that want to be their own boss?
When talking with women who want to be their own boss, the best advice I have ever received and now share, is balance. Setting aside time for yourself and your life outside of work is important. It’s hard work owning and running your own business but if you’re passionate about what you do, it doesn’t feel like work.
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