What does your business do?
We are the ones behind the scenes. We decorate venues for birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, etc. We are also responsible for booking caterers, DJ's, photographers, etc.
When and why did you start the biz?
In August of 2017, my son was turning 1. I was being cheap at the time and said to myself "Why pay somebody to do what I can do myself?" So I made it happen for "Racing to One With Kyran" (Racecar theme). I got a lot of compliments on it and within the next few months, I was getting booked for parties. By September of 2017, I had a name in mind and was preparing for my third event.
How Many People are in your Company?
Where's your office?
In the family room of my home. Nothing spectacular but it's clean, free and welcoming. LOL
What's the toughest part of running your biz?
The toughest part of running my business is preparing a lot of things by hand such as centerpieces, favors, invitations, etc and not having anyone else helping. Well, there's my 2-year-old holds the tape and I pay him in candy but that's about it. LOL
What's the most fun part?
The thing that makes me not give up everything I worked so hard for is seeing my clients face light up when they see all the work that was put into the party. Event days are always stressful and I am so hard on myself but my clients assure me that they are happy they booked with me. That's what makes me strive for better.
Anything you would have done differently?
I would have gotten my business license sooner, took advantage of the research and help that I had at my fingertips.
What's next on the horizon for your biz?
I would like to open up a venue that'll be my signature spot to rent out for people to have events and that I can rent it out and decorate it if the client wants me to.
What advice do you have for others?
NEVER have to much pride to accept help from others around you.
Being organized is KEY!
Don't overwhelm yourself by focusing on too many things at once, you know how much you can handle.
RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!
Believe in yourself as if nobody else does!
How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I'm using Idea Cafe as a platform to give more insight as to what my business is about and what I'm about. All the questions being asked just gives me another opportunity to talk about something I love, MY BUSINESS. And I'll never get tired of talking about that.
Prior jobs or business?
I have had my fair share of jobs and none were alike. I've worked at the airport, in a hospital setting, at a clothing store, in Walgreens pharmacy, at a concert hall, etc.
What are your pets' names?
Is there any one person or event in your life that led
you to go into business for yourself?
My "SONshine" Kyran Amir.
Anyone you publicly want to thank?
I want to thank God first and foremost for keeping me when I couldn't keep myself, My son for being a reminder to keep pushing. My parents for sticking by me from day one and my mom for helping at every event. My staff for dealing with me and my bossy ways, and last but not least, my clientele. They took a chance on me and i'm forever grateful.
367 Lakewood Blvd
Park Forest, IL 60466