This time around, we’re featuring Susan Gold for our women in small business interview series! There are so many creative ways to work from home, and Susan has mastered this by creating her awesome product, SplashPants! They’re capri pants that are perfect for working out, running errands etc, but the best part is they’re made for the water, too! Ever wanted to take your kid to the water park, but don’t necessarily feel like running around in your swim suit? THIS is what SplashPants are made for! Check out Susan’s interview here, then be sure to visit her website to learn more! Get some inspiration from all of the awesome women in our small business interview series, and then get to work! You CAN totally do it, too!
1. Tell us about yourself and your business.
I’m a single mompreneur based in Los Angeles and a former triathlete. SoCal mornings can be chilly for a swim. I wanted something that would provide more coverage minus the cheat factor of neoprene and I came up with Splashpants – a versatile capri that works on land AND in water. What I also found is they are perfect for camping, hiking to a waterfall, taking the kids to the park for a water balloon battle, visits to the beach, etc. Other women are finding the same. I’ve made lots of mistakes and learned many lessons but find the process of owning my own business and building a brand invigorating. It’s taught me about patience, humility, and the absolute tenacity I have naturally.
2. Describe your work space. What’s your favorite thing about it?
I work in a shed. Well, it’s a glorified guesthouse minus plumbing, central air, and heat. The best thing is the commute is steps away from my back door and I have the flexibility to be completely present for my 13-year-old son.
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3. Where do you find your motivation when you feel stuck?
I’m lucky that my baby brother is also an entrepreneur and has been growing his brand, Mojobricks.com, for ten years. He’s finally landed two major national accounts. So when I feel like I’m never going to make it, I can pick up the phone and call him for advice or moral support.
4. What did you think you’d be “when you grew up,” and how does it differ from the person you are today?
I thought I’d be a broadcast journalist or running my own business. I did have a long stint as a national television producer for Fox, AMC, CNBC and BRAVO but am so happy to have found fulfillment as a mompreneur.
5. What is one piece of advice you’d give to women that want to be their own boss?
Dive in. You will never be ready enough. Also, trust your instincts, that small voice inside you. Oh, and before you make a big spend really think it over and ask your inner circle for honest feedback. That’s where I’ve continually made mistakes. It’s affordable to start your own business with all that technology offers and you can never make mistakes, it’s all an eternal learning process.
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