Thu, 10 June 2021
There are a few key ways that businesses get started. One of the most common is when somebody gets frustrated with the lack of something they need or the quality of what is available to them. Our guest today has exactly this story.
Heather Kelly grew up in and still lives in Alaska. She takes full advantage of the outdoor recreation opportunities afforded to her there. In her time in the backcountry, she became frustrated with the freeze-dried food that was available to her. So, she started making her own.
This ultimately led her to develop her company, Heather's Choice. She is passionate about making freeze-dried food with quality and locally sourced food when available to her. She is also passionate about living where she wants to live - Alaska. And, she is passionate about creating jobs in her home state that are outside of what is traditionally available there. So, she was a perfect fit for this show!
ADVICE FROM HEATHER:
HONEST: You should always be honest in dealing with your customers....and you should be honest with yourself when it comes to what you can really handle.
JUMP: Heather believes that if you are passionate about an idea you should jump in with both feet and make it happen. This will help you determine whether or not it is going to work.
MISTAKES: You are going to make them, so just accept that now and it won't be devastating when it happens.
BEST BUSINESS ADVICE HEATHER HAS RECEIVED:
At some point, somebody told Heather to read The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It. This is a great book that I recommend as well. It talks about no letting working in your business destroy the joy of having your own business.
PERSONAL HABIT THAT HELPS HEATHER SUCCEED:
JOURNAL: Heather is very good at journaling. She does it daily, and it helps her to maintain her calm when things get crazy.