By - Alina Fridman
Katie Short runs an online mug shop called Mug Love. Inspired by her parents, both entrepreneurs, Katie was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and opened up her online store nearly nine years ago by selling vintage mugs. Today, this one-woman show is designing and making her own mugs.
We asked Katie to share her entrepreneurial story with us.
What do you do for encouragement or to stay motivated?
I listen to music and dance it out. It puts me in a good mood and I can accomplish a lot more.
What is the most difficult thing about building a business from scratch?
The most difficult thing is not knowing where to start. Its a learning process for sure.
What advice would you give someone who is interested in starting their own business?
My advice is to go for it. Even you if have no clue where to start. There is no right or wrong path to starting your own business. Its about choices and you choosing to start is the first step!
How do you balance your entrepreneur life with your personal life?
Its still a learning process for me especially working from home. I have my own space and try to set times where I need to get work done.
What impact do you want to have in the world or change you want to see or make happen?
I want to encourage and help people with their businesses. I am a true believer in chasing your dreams.
What habits do you practice that help make you successful?
I get up early and I write a to do list. The list helps me accomplish my tasks even if they're small.
What type of mindset do you have?
I would say I have a determined mindset. I always try to find a way.
How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
I want to say I put more time and care into it but I'm sure everyone feels that way. I try not to focus on competitors because it only drives you nuts.
What was your biggest mistake?
My biggest mistake was not starting sooner. I took it more seriously two years ago when I started making my own.
How do you deal with and what have you learned from failure?
I don't deal with failure very well. I'm getting better at it. Failure doesn't mean its over. It just means its not working so it's telling you to find a new way.
What would you tell your younger self?
I would tell my younger self to ignore others opinions because at the end of the day, it's your life.
Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
I hope to see Mug Love grow and I hope to grow along with it.
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