We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Bird and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I chose to start my own business, my goal was to find creative freedom, financial independence and create a lifestyle and career that I could truly enjoy.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started this business when I was 30 years old. I thought everyone had already had things figured out by the time they were 30. What I’ve learned since then Is that most people still don’t have a figured out. I am so proud of how far the company has come and how much I’ve grown as a woman throughout this process. Along with my installers, my husband and my two girls, I have been able to grow the business more each year. I’m excited about the future of designing window treatments. There are some really incredible tools that really streamline the selling process to give customers a really good idea of what their window treatments will look like in their home without all the guessing. Starting a business is no easy feat. There’s plenty of blood, sweat and tears that go into it. Along with some frustration while you figure things out, but the rewards are far greater than the risk. I started my company with 50 business cards from vista print and a few sample books. So, if that doesn’t prove to you that you can do anything you put your mind to, I don’t know what will.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh we have some pretty mouthwatering places around here. Our favorite restaurant is a toss between the Kimberton Inn and Ludwigs Oyster Bar. We’d have to make a reservation at Sheeder Mill Farm to take a scenic horseback ride through French creek! We have some great scenery around here. This isn’t your city life hot spot, but rather when you need a break, this is where you come. We have land, lots of land. Trees, so many trees. We can go Kayaking down there Schuylkill River, Paddle Boarding at Marsh Creek or hiking at Valley Forge National Park. Take your pick!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe a lot of credit to my parents. For giving me the guidance to find my own path, but also the courage to take the leap. Most importantly I owe my husband credit for allowing me to start my business while he held the fort down before my business was profitable. It doesn’t always take two to tango but it definitely helps!
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