What inspired you to start your business?
Growing up my parents always entertained or hosted big events. So naturally, it was in me to throw fab parties when I got older. It wasn't until I had my son I started doing themed birthday parties every year. One year I did his birthday at a bowling alley, and the manager asked me for my business card after the setup. I told him I didn't do this professionally. He said you might want to reconsider. Then Rea Danielle Designs was born.
What is something you would say to someone who is struggling in their first few years of business? Is there something you struggled with and learned from in those first few years?
Being an entrepreneur is very challenging. One has to be able to handle the stress that comes with building a brand. When it comes to seeking new business, to sustain the energy you had when you first started. It's okay to mess up and feel overwhelmed. Find growth in those challenges. Learn to trust the process.
What hobbies, causes, or activities are you passionate about aside from your work?
My son is a very active student athlete, so I'm a true momprenuer. I'm very involved with all his activities. I love to cook, shop, travel, and read. My son and I are also birthday enthusiasts (volunteers) with the Birthday Party Project. We bring JOY to children experiencing homelessness through the magic of a birthday party. We started doing this about 3 years ago, because I wanted a way for my business to give back and I wanted it to align with my business mission. I thought about all the wonderful parties my son has had, and there were kids who have never had a party. I wanted him to see the importance of giving back. The Birthday Party Project spoke to my heart.