Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Michelle “Honey” Thomas, Owner of Red Lotus Reads LLC., located in Hillside, IL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am a writer and published author. I also mentor others on writing/publishing their work. My customers are women ages 20+, from all walks of life who love a good fiction story, as well as adults with children or children in their lives who can relate to the 3 Children’s books I also wrote.

Tell us about yourself

I’ve wanted to become a writer since high school. But then life happened, and that goal became a buried treasure that happened to unlock itself in 2018. My day-to-day motivation is being able to leave a legacy for my grandchildren. As well as the constant need for literacy in underserved neighborhoods and school systems.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is seeing the excitement my books have brought to my readers.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

One of the hardest things is making sure my product continues to serve my customers and become a household name.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Believe in and invest in yourself.
  2. Get started
  3. Solicit help from the experts. You’d be surprised whose willing and able to help.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I have written and published three adult fiction novels. 1 self-help book and 3 Children’s books. I also won the “Artist Promoting Success” (APS) book award for one of my Children’s books.

Where can people find you and your business?


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