I blogged randomly about Maureen's business here, suggesting their products for a rockabilly wedding and Maureen got in touch via Twitter. When I discovered that Bon Moment was run by two women I had to find out more!
Maureen describes Bon Moment as an offbeat wedding stationary company. She is charge is the design, marketing and customer service, as well as managing interns and raising funds. Her business partner Denise Stockman is the 'technical guru' dealing with the website stuff. Maureen is managing to maintain a separate employed position but hopes to go full time over the next three years.
2. Define what you do best both from a creative and an administrative point of view to best be able to choose business partners or contractors that best compliment your skills. You can't be everything to your business and you really shouldn't be. It will dilute your time and resources away from what makes your product and company really special.
Early on in our process, we weren't skilled in screening our contractors. We have worked with some really spectacular contractors that worked their bottoms off for us and we've worked for contractors that really didn't cut the mustard. A little more screening and a greater understanding of what we were asking them to do would have gone a long way in saving time and money.
ReeRee Rockette: How did you fund your business at start up?
Maureen Jann: We boot strapped it. Out of our pockets and a bit from a paycheck here and a bit from a paycheck there. We agreed that we wanted to be as debt free as possible, and so far so good. Because we didn't have a brick and mortar storefront, our overhead is relatively low cost and that was one of the main reasons this was a possibility.
ReeRee Rockette: Has running your own business been like how you'd imagined it?
Maureen Jann: Yup! It sure is! It's a whole lot of work and the reward is unquantifiable for the first few years and that can be frustrating. But if you can get past that, you're likely going to do okay. I believe there's a saying that mentions that a business is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration and that's not an exaggeration.
What I find particularly inspiring about Maureen's story is that I believe it. She's working hard, making a great product, and has a clear plan. She has made mistakes but learnt from them, and has systems in place to expand the business. I also completely agree with knowing your own strengths and using other people to complete the other tasks.
Check out Bon Moment if you need quirky, unusual, retro and vintage inspired wedding stationary.