Really for Real: How Did a T-shirt Maker Know Her Business Was Working?
When did you know that working for yourself was going to, well, work? What made you feel legit enough to say, “I own my own business”? Maybe it was your first customer (who wasn’t your mom!), or a check made out to your business name. Or perhaps you’re still wondering if your endeavor will succeed. In this series we’re asking entrepreneurs, “How did you know when your business was Really for Real?”
Jessica Quinn didn’t mean to start a clothing business, but the trees, lakes and mountains near her home in British Columbia were too beautiful to not celebrate on a t-shirt. Jessica’s background in marketing helped her business plan come together. She drew some designs, taught herself how to screen print and bravely took her adorable onesies and tees out into the world to test the market. Before she knew it ...
“I saw some of the enthusiastic and supportive comments I was getting online when I first started revealing my designs and the inspiration behind them. People seemed genuinely excited and interested in them. Then, I approached a local children's boutique in my city to see if they would be interested in carrying my line. The owner was over the moon with the designs, as well. Her enthusiasm really showed me that this was a good idea!”
The rest, as they say, is history! (Pssst! Jessica now makes adult clothes, too.)