Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Jillian Zambon, Founder of The Parent Project, located in Nokomis, FL, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
The Parent Project is an organization that helps single moms beat overwhelm and attain financial stability. We offer book authoring opportunities, speaking opportunities, staffing services, and more.
Tell us about yourself
I started this business because I have been a single mom for over eight years. For the longest time, it was embarrassing for me to tell anyone my story or admit that I am a single mom.
I'm highly educated, highly successful, and not someone you would expect to be a single mom. I realized other women were likely carrying that burden of embarrassment as well, and I wanted to allow them to express their stories positively.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment is the book I am working on with 14 other authors, Shattering the Stigma of Single Motherhood. In this book, we will dis-spell the myths and stigma surrounding single moms and show ourselves as the powerful, independent women we indeed are.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Even when you are trying to do something right in the world, there are still people who will try to bring you down. Small mistakes you make as a business owner are used as threats against your business reputation, and it's almost like people forget that behind a business brand is an actual human being with feelings.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Start small and organic. Make sure there is a market before you try to build something HUGE.
- Have a strong and relatable brand story. I started an e-commerce brand in 2020, and it failed. I honestly believe most of that failure is attributed to not having a brand story.
- Don't tell anyone your idea until it is a solid business. Family, friends, and people closest to you might say it's a bad idea or that you're crazy about starting a business. I would keep the idea for yourself and a business mentor and not look for support or feedback from those closest to you.
Where can people find you and your business?
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