Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Hannah Fastov, Founder of Go Dash Dot, located in New York, NY, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Go Dash Dot is a unique accessories brand that offers a functional, versatile, and stylish solution to keep your essentials organized while on the go. We carefully craft every material, trim, and detail to create virtually weightless bags with maximum storage and pops of fun. Our customers are daring, active, spirited humans.
Tell us about yourself
I was living and working in New York City, waking up at 6 am to get to the gym before hustling to work and then meeting up with friends for dinner or attending networking events. One morning, one of the five bags I was carrying got stuck on the turnstile, launching my stuff everywhere. As I collected my lunch, gym shoes, water bottle, and dirty socks, I noticed each person standing on the platform giving me the same "been there" look. It dawned on me that of all the bags I owned, none of them actually fit all of my stuff, let alone keep it all organized. So, I designed a better bag. Creating a product that people find useful to their everyday lives and empowering them to be able to do all things that make them feel successful in a day is what keeps me motivated to do what I do every day.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment is when I see a stranger wearing a Go Dash Dot bag. There is truly nothing better.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Feeling successful. It is so easy to get caught up in the big picture and wants more and more; it is easy to lose sight of how far you have come and feel proud of what has been an accomplishment.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Look at the spaces, not at the trees. There is a lot of clutter out there, but if you can stick to your vision and keep looking for openings rather than roadblocks, the opportunities are endless.
- Don't think (too much); just do. I have learned and grown so much from the mistakes I have made. There is (usually) never a wrong answer, just another path to navigate and gain knowledge from.
- Acknowledge and celebrate the little wins because big wins are not possible without them.
Where can people find you and your business?
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