What does your business do?
We are cultural object preservationists who take care of artifacts
and collections, we are exhibit developers/curators, and we create
custom storage solutions, display mounts, and pack objects for
When and why did you start the biz?
We are a women-owned small business that began out of our love of
history preservation. Making sure all cultural objects/histories
are around for future generations is our passion. We incorporated
on Sept. 11, 2017, and have been working hard for museums and
private collectors since.
How Many People are in your Company?
Where's your office?
We each have a home office for admin stuff, but we go to the
objects we need to work with. It's safer for collections if we
travel to them, rather than take them out of a space and transport
them elsewhere. Our home offices are very small spaces (1 desk and
a file cabinet).
What's the toughest part of running your biz?
The toughest part about running our business is getting the word out
to potential clients. We are the only company in Southern California
that does what we do, but it's difficult to make people aware of
What's the most fun part?
By far the most fun is working with objects and collections from
cultures around the world, from every time period. We have
experience working with all materials and so it becomes exciting
to start new jobs. From mummies to pre-columbian pottery, to Civil
War weapons to Native American clothing from the 1700s, it is
truly worth it!
Anything you would have done differently?
Yes. I would have met with a tax consultant much earlier to help me
set up my LLC taxes and help with the payroll. I waited too long,
tried to do it on my own, and now I've messed up a couple payroll
things and have to file more paperwork.
What's next on the horizon for your biz?
We are trying the advertising route in order to drum up more private
What advice do you have for others?
1. Only partner with people you've worked with before and know you
can get along with.
2. Meet with a tax business consultant before you file all the
3. Keep overhead costs low.
4. Don't spend frivolously as soon as you start making money.
5. Set up a couple accounts (for taxes, for insurance, etc.), and put
a little in each one every time the company gets paid.
How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I read the Small Business Tax Center page and the forum a lot. The
Working at Home forum is great too, especially since I am a single
mom who works from home on admin stuff, and goes out to clients' for
jobs. Seeing how others who are in similar situations balance that is
School (where, still in school, degree)?
Graduate degree from University of San Diego, Undergrad from Purdue University
Prior jobs or business?
I owned Native American Casino magazine, and San Diego Performer
magazine for 9 years. I've worked as an editor, writer and
preservationist since 1995.
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What are your pets' names?
Do any of these pets help with your biz?
Just for comfort.
Is there any one person or event in your life that led
you to go into business for yourself?
My father is a very smart businessman, and he has always encouraged
my sense of entrepreneurship. I also prefer being my own boss so that
I can set my schedule and pick up my sons from school on time.
Anyone you publicly want to thank?
I'd like to thank my family for always supporting me and my crazy
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