Successful Women Entrepreneurs Share their Story!
Every week, Pink Creative Studio will be interviewing inspirational stories from women entrepreneurs like you who have successfully started their own business!
As a new start-up ourselves, we completely understand the mental and physical challenges that can occur when starting a new business venture. During these hard times, getting insight from other women who have successfully conquered them before us is absolutely vital. Learning from their experiences will help us to see these challenges as just a mere hurdle. And jumping these hurdles, instead of giving up when they come our way, can surprisingly strengthen our efforts towards building a great brand. It can also have the adverse affect of increasing our mojo to deliver quality services to future clients!
We hope these stories will help to further motivate you to keep moving towards your dream. If you like what you read, please share with others and also we would love to hear what you think in the comments section below.
MEET NAADINE KOI
Naadine has been an inspiration to me from the moment we met. I met her through an ad she posted for her creative space and we immediately had a connection and spoke for about 2 hours. I am now a resident on her Great over Good studio. I’m excited for all the great things she’s doing.
1. What is your business?
I am the owner and creative director of Great Over Good, a creative collective in Orange County, CA that specializes in workshops, events and studio space for artistic individuals.
2. What inspired you to start your own business and why did you choose this particular kind?
I knew at a very young age that I wanted to have creative freedom. I wanted to do what I love, when I wanted to. I wanted to explore all of my interests (and trust me, I have a lot!): fashion, art, design, branding… I feel so lucky that I’m able to tap into almost all of them on a regular basis at Great Over Good.
3. What were the challenges you came across in getting it started? What about maintaining it?
One of the biggest challenges I faced when getting started with GOG—and something I continue to struggle with to some extent today—is finding an audience who is receptive to and invested in our vision. It can be challenging to reach people who are interested in what I do, especially since there are so many people that do similar things and it can sometimes be hard to stand out from the crowd. I worked extremely hard to get people to notice me, to notice Great Over Good, and to listen. But in the two years I’ve been doing this I’ve come to realize that it’s all about consistency, about not giving up. Find what works for you and stick with it; don’t get distracted by what others are doing. Just keep your eye on the prize and with time you’ll start to see yourself getting closer to your goal.
4. What do you love most about what you do?
The People! I have been so blessed to work with so many talented people. When you’re surrounded by talent, it’s hard not to get inspired, not to want to do better. I feel that I am where I am today because of the people I surround myself with; they’re all people that I admire. I like to be around positive people who work hard, set goals for themselves, reach their goals, and are always grateful.
Before you start, know what you want and know your value. Don’t settle, don’t take any bullshit and never give up.
If you were inspired or motivated by what you read and know anyone that would also benefit from this inspiration, please share and/or tell us what you think below! And have you met Elaine Biss, our previously featured woman entrepreneur? See what she had to say last week!
Now go out there and Spread Pink!