Teacher Entrepreneur Profiles are always my favorite posts. I just love meeting new Teacher Entrepreneurs and hearing about their journey. I am especially excited today because this week’s profile is my beautiful wife Lindsay. I met Lindsay when we both held long-term sub positions at Huntington North High School. We each knew a member of the Guidance Staff and they thought we would make a great couple so they introduced us. Turns out they were right! 16 years and two beautiful children later we are still together! Okay, enough of the mushy stuff. Let’s get on with the Teacher Entrepreneur Profile.
CS: What is the name of your business and where is it located?
LS: I’m an independent stylist for Stella and Dot. I’m located in Huntington County, Indiana.
CS: How long have you been an educator and what positions have you held?
LS: This is my seventh year teaching. I stayed home with my children for 8 years. I taught High School English for 2 years, and I have 5 years experience inMiddle School. I taught 7th grade Language Arts for 4 years and I currently teach 6th grade Language Arts and Social Studies.
CS: Why did you want to become an entrepreneur?
LS: I didn’t want to be an entrepreneur. I liked the versatility of Stella and Dot. I liked that you can hold one party per month or more depending on your schedule. Direct sales were appealing because it was a canned program and a product that I loved and wanted to share with others.
CS: Why did you choose your particular industry?
LS: I really liked their particular jewelry products. I like the flexibility and the opportunity to sell. I liked that the trainings were online and the support that I received my from team was amazing.
CS: Tell me a little bit about your business?
LS: Stella and Dot is a versatile jewelry line, half of it sells for less than $50. It is sold through home based parties called Trunk Shows. Many of the pieces go equally well with a T-shirt or a little black dress. The company believes strongly in giving back. They partner with a number of non-profits and really work hard to make the world a better place.
CS: What is the best business advice you have ever been given?
LS: Imperfect activity is better than perfect inactivity.
CS: What is the greatest challenge of being a Teacher Entrepreneur?
LS: Time. Balancing the expectations of a teacher and hosting parties in the evenings and on weekends and also trying to balance the responsibilities of my family can be a challenge.
CS: What advice would you give to other Teacher Entrepreneurs?
LS: Take the risk. Start a business. You’re more prepared than you think.
CS: What books or resources would you recommend to other Teacher Entrepreneurs?
LS: Because of my limited time, most of the business resources I read are directly related to Stella and Dot. They have an excellent training program.
CS: What is your vision for your business?
LS: I would like to expand the reach of my business. Right now most of my customers are friends and family. I would like to expand into other circles.
CS: How will you know when you have achieved your vision?
LS: I will be booking shows with new customers on a regular basis.
CS: What would you do differently if you were to start another business?
LS: I probably wouldn’t start another business. Stella and Dot’s direct sales model fits me perfectly.
CS: Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you or your business?
LS: My husband is really dreamy. You should join his website.
Okay that last answer may be a little embarassing, and self serving, but I learned a long time ago not to argue with my wife in public. So we’ll just have to assume she is right! I want to thank Lindsay for taking the time to be interviewed. She has a ton of things going on right now and really didn’t have the time, but she managed to fit it in. She is a great wife, mother and educator and I am truly blessed to have her in my life.