Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Keyana Martinez, Founder of The Storytime Box, located in Worth, IL, USA.

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

The Storytime Box is a unique subscription box for kids. Each box contains a children's book, learning and development information, and special perks such as toys and craft projects. Books and activities are carefully selected to enhance your child's literacy experience.

Tell us about yourself

As a former teacher and mom of 3, I created The Storytime Box to help children enjoy reading. I also wanted to help parents promote literacy and creativity at home. During the COVID shutdown, many families lost access to schools and libraries.

Without these essential literacy resources, kids can lose critical reading skills. The Storytime Box offers the convenience of books and educational activities delivered directly to their homes each month.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

It's a great feeling to know that something you've created genuinely helps and inspires others. I love the feedback from parents about how much their kids enjoy the box. I'm also very proud of The Storytime Box's recognition from major publications like Glamour and Amazon!

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

Sometimes things don't go as planned, or you get stuck in a rut as an entrepreneur. I've learned to be more patient and flexible with the process.

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

  1. Don't wait for the "perfect time" to start a business! If you have an idea and a plan, go for it.
  2. Do as much research as possible before you launch. You can avoid many mistakes by gathering important information and planning before officially starting your business.
  3. Start building a network of followers, potential customers, partners, freelancers, and anyone who can help you get the ball rolling on your new business. It takes a village!

Where can people find you and your business?


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