Interview With Tonya Newsome

Interview Female entrepreneur l Paperbeau

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS. WHAT ARE YOU DOING EXACTLY?

I currently make and sell natural all-purpose cleaner and air freshener.

 

 

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BUSINESS IDEA?

I’ve cleaned houses for over 20 years and the chemicals in the cleaning products I used caused me health issues, so I thought to myself there had to be a better way.

 

 

WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS, AND IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS?

Before starting The Hoot I cleaned houses.

 

 

WHAT SPECIFIC ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN WHO WOULD LIKE TO BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR?

Go for it. Believe in God and in yourself.

 

 

MY GREATEST OBSTACLE AND HOW I DEALT WITH IT:

My greatest obstacle was looking over the fence at what others had accomplished and the time it took them to get there. I kept comparing myself. I had to come to the realization that what God has for me is for me and he will provide every need.

 

 

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

My greatest accomplishment was actually seeing the finished product. I was amazed to have a product that contained no harmful chemicals made in my kitchen that works just as well as the products on shelves.

 

 

HOW I BLEND LIFE AND WORK TO CREATE THE LIFE I WANT:

I blend life and work to create the life I want by allowing peace and harmony to be my guide.

 

 

I AM INSPIRED BY:

Life

 

 

Interview Female entrepreneur l Paperbeau

 

 

WHY I CHOSE THIS CAREER:

I chose this path because I am concerned about the environment and all the harmful chemicals we are being exposed to on a daily basis. I really give a hoot.

 

 

HOW I PREPARE FOR SUCCESS:

I prepare by humbling myself, gaining knowledge, staying organized, and knowing that success is a gift given to me so I can share with others not to hoard.

 

 

DID YOU WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN? WAS IT AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR YOU?

I did start a business plan but have not completed it yet. I do plan on completing the business plan because I see it as a roadmap. It is something tangible to see if I am actually staying the course.

 

ARE THERE SPECIFIC ADVANTAGES, DISADVANTAGES TO BEING A WOMEN BUSINESS OWNER?

There are advantages and disadvantages to being women own business. The disadvantage is men have been doing this for a while, so that gives them an advantage but there is a lot of programs out there to help women business owners.

 

 

MY FAVOURITE BUSINESS TOOL IS…

Networking

 

 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN IS…

It came from my grandmother she would always say to trust God. Trusting his works!!!

 

 

 

HARRIETT MONAGHAN l Paperbeau

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