Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Amanda Woomer, Founder of Spook-Eats, located in Buffalo, NY, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I own the website Spook-Eats, which is a travel blog focusing on haunted hospitality (restaurants, bars, and hotels). We also publish books on haunted history, women in the paranormal, and haunted travel guides. Our customers are the weirdos who love to add to their spooky library.
Tell us about yourself
I had my first paranormal encounter when I was seven, but I didn’t start Spook-Eats until after my brother, Jed, died from pediatric cancer in 2015. My coping mechanism was to explore the paranormal. On my journey, I realized that so many people who lose loved ones have similar questions. My hope with Spook-Eats is to make the paranormal accessible to everyone.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Of all of my projects, I’m proudest of The Feminine Macabre. Our all-female paranormal journal highlights women’s work in the paranormal, occult, and metaphysical fields. We have writers from all over the globe sharing their research on hauntings, tarot, folklore, death culture, witchcraft, cryptids, dark history, botany, and more.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
My #1 job is being a mama to my amazing two-year-old son, and it’s just as exhausting as it sounds. It’s hard to continue to produce and grow as “Spook-Eats” while also being present as “mama.” It’s something I’ve struggled with since the day he was born—feeling like others in my field are taking off while I’m at home. I’m still learning to find that balance and learning to be patient and gentle with myself.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Find your unique niche that you want to fill; it’s okay to be disappointed sometimes (but don’t get discouraged!), and make sure you always have fun… if it’s not fun, then what’s the point?
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Find all of Amanda’s books for kids and adults at spookeats.com/shop.
Where can people find you and your business?
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