In today’s Vendor Interview Series instalment, we’re going to get to know a little bit about Kristen & Colleen of Naturally Infused.
But first, a little bit about the Vendor Interview Series….
When we started to plan our inaugural Women’s Expo, we wanted it to be more than just another vendor’s market and workshop event.
We wanted to create a sense of community. To create connections and get just as excited about each other’s businesses as we are about our own.
We planned a pre-event meetup so that the vendors could get together and get to know each other before the ‘big event’, and we tasked them with some ‘homework’ that they have probably never had to do before when participating in a vendor market style event, (this Interview Series being one of their tasks).
It was our vision that with the information that they provide us with, we do as much as we can to showcase, and highlight these hardworking women, not only the weekend of the Women’s Expo, but as often as we possible could in the weeks leading up to it.
Balancing life and work is hard and we are so honoured that they are choosing to spend some of their time with us <3
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get on with the interview!
Kristen Dube & Colleen Dougan of Naturally Infused
This is what Kristen & Colleen had to tell us when we asked them about their business:
We handcraft all natural products infused with 100% therapeutic grade essential oils.
How did you choose what you wanted to do?
We were doing as a hobby and then making for friends and decided to try out as a business.
What were you most afraid of when starting your business?
No one would buy it, or like it as much as us.
What has been your biggest surprise, so far, about being a business owner?
How much love and support from other vendors and small business’. Truly amazing!!
How do you stay organized?
Write everything down, make lists and keep track of it. Organize yourself how you like it and stay on top of it. It is an important part of your job to stay organized and prepared.
Do you work alone or do you have team members/employees? Expand on your answer by telling us when you grew, or when/if you have plans on growing your team.
Colleen and I work in our own homes so we have 2 locations to serve you from 1) Harrow and 2) Windsor.
Tell us about any formal education that you pursued related to your business?
We both sell Young Living oils and use on a daily basis. I (Kristen Dube) am a certified Aromatherapist as well.
What are you most proud of about your business?
The feedback/results from the customers about the product! I love our products and they love them as much as we do!
What vision do you have for the future of your business?
We would like to do more online business/sales.
How do manage work/life balance?
Time management, organized and prepared. Especially when it is down time for the business, prepare yourself for the busy times so that you can still have quality time with your family.
One fun way you deal with stress? How do you unwind from your work day?
Huffing oils, a glass of wine and a hot bath.
What would someone be surprised to find out about you?
I am afraid of rollercoasters.
What is your favourite inspiring or motivational quote?
You are exactly where you are supposed to be at this moment ( not sure who said it)
What advice would you give to another woman just starting her own business?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Thank you so much to Kristen & Colleen for taking the time to answer our questions.
If you are in the area, be sure to stop by the Women’s Expo to say ‘Hi!’ to these two lovely ladies.