We had the good fortune of connecting with Jackie Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jackie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I am a horrible risk taker. I have avoided risk most of my life for the sake of security. For the last 3 years, I have kept my miniatures business small for fear of what would happen if I expanded too much. Luckily for me, I have a husband who encourages risk taking and supports my dreams. I have never been able to find that “just right” dollhouse that fits everything I want while still being modern and affordable. I envisioned a modular dollhouse that can be added to and rearranged, and my husband encouraged me to figure out how to get it manufactured. The manufacturing process is very long and very expensive, but I’m taking my first big business risk. This dollhouse will be ready to launch this upcoming Christmas, and I could not be more excited about it. Risk taking is scary but fun.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would be running a dollhouse business, I would have laughed hysterically. I have never considered myself to be a creative person or an entrepreneur. I decided to make over a dollhouse for my oldest daughter Lucy for Christmas a few years ago, The second I started working on that dollhouse, I was hooked and knew it wouldn’t be my last. Now that I have a firm foundation and great customer base, I have looked into expanded.
Something I do that sets me apart from others is offering my followers DIY Kits and Tutorials. I always want to encourage parents and kids that they don’t have to spend a fortune to have a modern dollhouse. With a little bit of time and effort, parents can purchase an affordable DIY Kit and turn it into a fun project with their kids. I want modern dollhouses to be accessible at any budget, and I want it to be a fun family activity.
I am a stay-at-home mom to 3 young kids so getting my business here has not been an easy road. Some days, I only get to work for 30 minutes; other days, I’m able to block off a couple hours to work. Time has been my biggest challenge because I value the work I do as a homemaker, and I am not willing to sacrifice that part of my life. I have to remind myself that it’s okay for my business to be smaller than I would like while my kids are so young. The time for growth will come, and I must be patient.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m an introverted homebody so I’m probably not the best person to ask about favorite spots in the city. I mostly stick to my Katy bubble, but I always enjoy taking the kids to the zoo. Houston has some of the best museums that are always worth a visit. I love being outdoors so I recommend hikes in George Bush Park and just walking around the city.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have so many people supporting me in this mini dream, but my biggest cheerleader has been my husband. He definitely doesn’t understand my fascination with dollhouses, but he recognizes a good business idea when he sees one. His entrepreneurial spirit has fueled my desire to grow my business and begin manufacturing my products. My husband has taught me the value of taking myself seriously and viewing this mini hobby as a legitimate business that can continually grow.