How would you describe yourself?
I am a wife and busy mom to 4 amazing teenagers! I also am a Registered Nurse in addition to a small business owner of my company, Shoppe With Marisa, LLC. It’s in my nature to help, care, and nurture others. That’s why I love being an RN as well as providing women with products that not only empower them, but make them feel amazing both inside and out!
How long have you been involved in your business?
What is your why?
To better and empower women with products to make them feel and look amazing as well as provide an opportunity for them to own their own business.
Tell us a little about your family.
I am married and we have 4 children; all teenagers! We also have our cat, Phantom, who is 15 years old and our dog, Ellie, who is a 4-year-old English Springer Spaniel.
How do you prioritize family and your business?
It does take effort and planning to have a good work-life balance as a family is very important to me. Agnes & Dora provides a fantastic opportunity to be able to own and work your business the way you want to in order to meet your priorities.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself still working part-time as a registered nurse and maybe teaching via online nursing programs. Additionally, I see Shoppe With Marisa, LLC thriving with an amazing customer base as well as a fantastic team with me!
What keeps you motivated?
Helping others and providing for my family, especially my children.
Biggest life lesson learned?
Life’s too short, so live each day with gratitude and thankfulness!
Biggest lesson you’ve learned in business?
Organization and education will help tremendously in your success!
What is your secret to success?
Being genuine and myself!
All entrepreneurs encounter bad days. How do you handle yours?
Reflect, learn from the issue, and get up the next day to keep moving forward.
What was your sweetest success story?
Having a customer start a “get well” thread on our VIP Facebook page when I was in the hospital last year. When you are real and genuine with your customers, they will relate and identify with you which makes them a loyal customer.
How do you relax?
I like to knit, camp, and hang out with my family.
What are your most popular products?
Leggings, tops, and cardigans.
What are your favorite business tools? What business apps, products and tools do you use daily to run your business/life efficiently? What could you not function without?
I honestly love all business tools! I love learning, so I’m constantly looking for apps, programs, methods, etc. that will benefit my customers and provide me with a new and fresh way to run the shop. My staples are Facebook, Instagram, Periscope, Quickbooks Pro, Canva, text alert service, Typogram, and WordSwag.
Any advice you have for other women who want to start their own business?
If your heart is calling you to do it and it fits for you…take a leap! It takes work and there is no “get rich quick scenario”…but the benefits of your hard work are so gratifying!
For direct sellers: Please finish this sentence: If it wasn’t for my direct sales business, I wouldn’t have been able to…
both help others and provide a little extra for my family.
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