In Honor of Small Business: RubberMoon Art Stamps & The Moon and The Maker Creative Space
In honor of Small Business Saturday, November 28th, 2015, Liz Watkins Media & Designs has interviewed 18 business owners. These interviews will be featured on Liz Watkins Media & Designs' blog. The goal is to shine a light on small businesses. Continuing with the Small Business Interview series is Kristen Powers. Kristen Powers is the owner of RubberMoon Art Stamps & The Moon and the Maker Creative Space. This is the 2nd interview
RubberMoon Art Stamps and The Moon and The Maker Creative Space
Owner of Business: Kristen Powers
Address of Business: 313 Georgia St. Louisiana, Mo
Phone: (314) 750-9975
fax: (314) 657-9714
What does the business do?
We design, manufacture and sell rubber art stamps. We also create artistic projects and art made with our stamps.
When did you start the business?
I already had my art studio, The Moon and The Maker Creative Space. I purchased RubberMoon three years ago and merged the two together since they seemed to go hand in hand.
What did it take to get the business started?
A lot of guts, belief in myself, and following my heart.
How long did it take to make profits and why?
Three years. This is the first year we have really made any profit. We just had a lot of expenses and we started with basically zero. We did not ever use credit or get loans.
Why did you choose to start your own business?
I love the creativity of 'designing' my own schedule and work place. I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur and cannot imagine any other life.
What are you responsibilities?
I run all of our social media sites , make all of our sales calls and solicit new artists. I also design all of our promotional materials and do all of the marketing.
Kristen Powers also schedules events, both onsite and off and creates art for sale as well as samples for our customers.
I do whatever needs to be done. I work a lot of hours and even when I am not working, I am thinking of my business and what I can do to make it better!
What are some of the problems/risks you're faced while running your business?
Making stamps is a very labor intensive process and it takes a lot of raw materials. Learning how much to order and when, has been a big learning curve! Also people want fresh, new designs and can be a struggle to come out with new imagery all the time. But I have learned to present old things in a fresh way and that really helps!
What are some of the benefits of owning your own business and running it?
I don't have to punch a time clock. I like answering to myself. If I make a mistake, I learn from it and when I do right, I get the benefit and satisfaction.
What are some recommendations you would give to someone who was trying to start their own business?
Be realistic and know that you are going to have to put in time. Lots of time.
Follow your gut. It will rarely ever steer you wrong.
Do you enjoy what you do? Why?
I LOVE what I do.
I get to do a lot of different projects and wear many hats. I am never, ever, bored and making sales is always a thrill. And making art is what really keeps me going!
Do you also support other small businesses? If so who? If not why?
Yes. I definitely try to support other small businesses. Especially other artists.
I shop on Etsy as often as I can for gifts and supplies.
Anything else you would like to add about your experience as a business owner?
I jumped in to this business with both feet. I have learned so much and it has really pushed me to go places and learn things that I would never have done otherwise. I am very grateful for this opportunity- you might even say, I am over the Moon.
Anything else you would like to add about your experience with your business?
The first year was super, super difficult. Financially, I almost was at the point where I could not go on. Then we launched a new website and that changed everything. It still has its challenges, of course, but I just want to say that I am so glad that I did not give up!
Powers, was very excited to do this interview. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did. -LW
Thank you so much for asking me to do this interview!- Kae Pea
By: Liz Watkins
Date: November 15, 2015
Liz Watkins Media & Designs thanks Kristen Powers, Kae Pea, for taking the time to interview.
This is the second interviews in honor of Small Business Saturday.