Do you work at home?
Yes, I have a home studio and office.
Do you have any children?
Yes, two boys. One is almost 6 and the other is almost 8.
How many hours do you work a week?
Tell us a little bit about Ellen Allen Bags and how you got started.
My bags are inspired by the architecture and lifestyle of my hometown, Annapolis, Maryland. I wanted to give women a sexy way to schlep, so I created practical yet chic bags. I had spent many years searching unsuccessfully for the perfect tote bag when it finally occurred to me that I could design my own. As an interior designer I had my own patterns that I could use so I began by spending hours on the phone each day and hours online each night doing research. It’s still hard to believe but somehow all of my hard work has evolved into a line of accessories for on-the-go women.
How would you rate your success from 0 – 10?
In regards to happiness and satisfaction with my job I would rate my success a 10. However, since we are a new business I can’t really rate the success of the company yet but I am very happy with how things are going so far.
How do you manage all of your personal and business activities?
I have discovered that prioritizing has been the key to maintaining a good balance between my personal and business activities. I have also accepted that as one person I unfortunately cannot do everything. I am very grateful to have people who help me keep my business and home running smoothly.
What has been your biggest business struggle?
My biggest struggle has been learning to master different aspects of my business. I sometimes find it difficult to shift between doing sales and marketing to creative design to public relations.
What are your 3 favorite websites or blogs?
What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I have found that in general most people like to help others. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. I’m always trying to educate myself about ways to better my business so I make it a point to ask as many questions as possible.
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