Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kayla Powell, founder of Little Plastic Footprint, located in Calgary, AB, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Through a great love for our planet, Little Plastic Footprint was created. We offer a one-stop-shop for people to pick up everything they need to live a plastic-free, low waste life. Our customers are eco-conscious consumers who want to swap out their everyday items for earth-friendly alternatives.
Tell us about yourself
Hi, my name is Kayla. I have always had a great appreciation for our planet and its inhabitants. After having kids (I have two little girls), I was inspired to further this passion of living gently on the earth by taking a closer look into how I could make a difference in the products I used on their skin and mine, and how the products I was using would affect the earth for years after I was long gone. That is when I decided I would switch out my everyday items for eco-friendly products. It’s a slow process but so worthwhile and rewarding.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
On the days I want to throw in the towel, I remind myself of how far I’ve come. I remind myself of all the plastic-free swaps people have in their homes because of me. I also remind myself of how proud my family is of me for running a business on my own! I’m proud of the sales we’ve made, articles we’ve been featured in, and youth we’ve mentored along the way.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
When you own your own business, the lines can get very blurry with work/life balance. I have the flexibility to be with my kids whenever they need me. Still, the trade-off is that sometimes I’m working while also trying to parent, which we all know is a recipe for disaster, haha!
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Keep your ‘why’ at the forefront of all that you do. You’ll need to remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing on the hard days.
- Just go for it. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t wait for everything to align, jump in and learn as you go.
- Learn to manage your time (I’m still working on this). Owning your own business can consume every aspect of our life and every thought. Don’t forget to take care of yourself along the way, or you WILL burn out.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
We’d love to have you join our community of eco-warriors making big and small changes in their lives for the betterment of the planet and our health. My philosophy has always been progress over perfection.
Where can people find you and your business?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solopreneur that you'd like to share, then email firstname.lastname@example.org; we'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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