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Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Beth Wrobel of The Blissful Teacher

This week’s Teacher Entrepreneur profile is Beth Wrobel of the Blissful Teacher in Colchester, Connecticut.  I first met Beth when I contacted her after I had seen a tweet about her business.  Beth is a long time Educator who developed a line of essential oil mists she markets through her business, The Blissful Teacher LLC.  She is passionate about helping her students and her colleagues.

CS:      What is the name of your business and where is it located?

BW:     The Blissful Teacher is based at our home workshop in Colchester, Connecticut.

CS:       How long have you been an educator and what positions have you held?

BW:     I have been in education for 23 years and I have taught several grades.  Currently I teach 4th, 5th and 6th grade Gifted and Talented Education.

CS:      Why did you want to become an entrepreneur?

BW:     I wanted to help all in education with the various problems we face; colds, energy decline, moods and insomnia.

CS:     Why did you choose your particular industry?

BW:    I chose this industry because Essential Oils have been effective for me.

CS:     Tell me a little bit about your business?

BW:    The business started two years ago.  We carry a line of mists to heal various ailments.  We have 14 sprays including a Bugs Be Gone and Teachers Pet for calming pooches and helping their breath.

CS:     What is the best business advice you have ever been given?

BW:    Start slow and invest little until you make it back.  We started with smaller affordable venues and worked from there.

CS:     What is the greatest challenge of being a Teacher Entrepreneur?

BW:    The time management is the greatest challenge.  Filling bottles on nights and weekends because I already have a full day job can be tough.

CS:     What advice would you give to other Teacher Entrepreneurs?

BW:     I would say mist yourself with some lemongrass for energy, because you are going to need it.  Don’t give up on your dreams and make sure you involve the family the right amount.

CS:      What books or resources would you recommend to other Teacher Entrepreneurs?

BW:     I like Joe Vitale’s inspiration books.  The Attractor Factor was my favorite.  It is like a workbook and it keeps you focused in your pursuits.

CS:      What is your vision for your business?

BW:     The Blissful Teacher LLC just went on the shelves at our local Whole Foods Market.  I hope to land other Whole Foods and do more with retail sales than consigning in small shops.  We are going to be vendors at some fairs and a reading conference this year.

CS:      How will you know when you have achieved your vision?

BW:     I think you never fully achieve your vision because that implies you have met all the goals have set for yourself.  We are constantly focusing on expanding the line, website and where we sell.

CS:      What would you do differently if you were to start another business?

BW:     If I started another business I would do more with record keeping at the beginning.

CS:      Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you or your business?

BW:     We currently sell the products at 8 Connecticut stores, online at teacherspayteachers.com and at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBlissfulTeacher   We have mists for para-professionals (PARA-dise), secretaries (Secretary Serenity) and colleague/teacher gifts (Recess Duty Relaxation, Field Trip Fantasia, Sunday Night Soother and Lesson Plan Luxury to name a few).

I want to thank Beth for taking the time to be profiled.  Please check out her business at

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBlissfulTeacher

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