Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in clothing but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Christa Gagnon, Founder of Going With the Gagnon, located in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am a Brand Manager, and I help brands increase their exposure, visibility, and relatability. My favorite customer to date would have to be my daughter; helping her bring her dream of an affirmational line of clothing to market has been so fulfilling. Non-profits are a close second!
Tell us about yourself
I am motivated each and every day by my daughter and the situation we have dealt with as a family. My daughter was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and the saying is true that death is the best teacher. Sharing her story started me on a path I never expected. Now I get to spend my days in inspired action creating fun videos and content bringing awareness to important causes.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I would have to say that my biggest accomplishment as a business owner would be the fact that I have created successful streams of income on my terms. I have the flexibility to be there for every moment of my daughters' journey and still get to share my gifts with the world.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The hardest thing about being a business owner is finding motivation from within. There is no boss to check on you and make sure you are getting your work done.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Start something; often, we get stuck in the details and never actually get to the action.
- Don't be afraid to try new things; you never know what magic will come from a new idea.
- Allow room for the magic; listen, I am the biggest control freak you will meet, but when I leave room for the unknown and just go with it, that's when the real magic happens.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
The thing I would like for people to know is that being a business owner is messy; it's never what you expect, it can't be controlled all the time, and that's okay! Just remember that having your own business is supposed to create more joy and freedom for yourself, not less.
Where can people find you and your business?
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