Growing up, both of my parents ran their own businesses. This upbringing shaped my entrepreneurial spirit from an early age. So much so that it’s always amazing to me that so many people feel like they can’t run their own businesses, or are surprised to hear that not everyone works for a large corporation.
Upon graduating from college, I returned to San Francisco and began working for my mother’s high-end catering company. I did everything from washing dishes to driving trucks to basic food prep. While some of these tasks weren’t very glamorous, looking back they were great experiences in learning the inner workings of a business. However, after 3 years at the catering company, I decided it was time to develop a company of my own. I had been working on a few ideas, the most promising of which was building an e-commerce site selling hand-stitched needlepoint accessories.