We were lucky enough to chat with Jaime, busy mom and owner of Vintage Metal Co. to hear about her thriving business, how she keeps the balance and so much more! We love her beautiful signs and know that you will too. Be sure to check out her shop and use our code INSPIRED25 for 25% off your order!
PI: We absolutely love your story. Where do you draw your inspiration for new designs from?
JB: When we first started the business I had the idea to have brand reps on a two month rotation so that we would get to work with new ideas at a regular pace. Having brand reps has pushed me to try new things that I didn't know possible. I also continually add custom pieces that I think other customers would love.
PI: How do you balance being a homeschooling mom, wife, and successful business woman?
JB: We have homeschooled our two children for eight years now. I have it kind of easy in that our girls are only one grade apart. The only subject we do separately is math, and all of the other subjects we are able to do as a group, which saves us a lot of time because we aren't doing two of every single subject. We always do school first thing in the morning since it's the first priority, and my kids learn best in the morning anyway. It helps that we are all early risers! My husband and I have some family guidelines that we live by and it helps keep everything in order. We try to never ever work past 4 pm and we have dinner together as a family every night. Weekends are for fun, rest, and family. I always put work into perspective of being something that adds to our lives, but doesn't control our lives.
PI: You have such a wide variety of styles and colors in your shop! What’s your favorite piece?
JB: Oh gosh, this is a HARD question! Every time I see a new photo from a customer or brand rep I think, "This is my favorite!" Ha ha! I have several pieces up in my own house. My favorites always seem to be the special, custom pieces because I love to see them come to life.
PI: What would be your number one piece of advice for someone looking to start their own business from the ground up?
JB: I would say to go all in! It can be scary, but it has been the biggest blessing to our family. One of the best parts are the relationships that you will build along the way. Find a mentor, and learn from someone who is willing to teach you. Join The Rising Tide Society (it's FREE!) and meet other local entrepreneurs at a Tuesdays Together monthly meeting in your area. You will learn a new aspect of business every month and it is completely free.