Give us your “elevator pitch”:
I’m Danielle Scheven from Kelowna, British Columbia, and am the co-owner of Carolily Finery- a vintage inspired online boutique specializing in jewelry, homewares, and accessories. We help empower and inspire women through beautiful pieces that compliment their lives and unique personalities.
When were you “bitten” by the entrepreneurial bug?
As a young child I think I knew I wanted to be my own boss and it wasn’t just because I was stubborn and opinionated! Growing up, my dad always owned his own company; he was at every soccer practice, every family dinner and always had time to take us on vacation. As kids, my brother and I may have not realized how lucky we were, but I certainly knew that this was the life I wanted when I was older. I may not have know what I wanted to be the boss of, just that I wanted to be my own.
What’s been the hardest part about starting your own business as a millennial entrepreneur?
As cliche as it sounds, I think the perception around my age has been the hardest part. When my business partner (my Mom), and I first started telling others about Carolily, people didn’t seem to take it as seriously when I was the one speaking. I think what millennials, and everyone for that matter, need to remember is age is just a number that shouldn’t limit you. If you have a great idea, the passion and drive to get there, just go for it!
What resources have you found helpful in blazing your own trail?
Reading inspiring books, speaking with other entrepreneurs, and taking part in Twitter chats have been three great resources I have taken advantage of. My favorite read? #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. My favorite Twitter chat? #MillennialTalk by @ChelseaKrost on Tuesday evenings. There are so many brilliant entrepreneurs out there who are willing to share their own experiences; don’t be so proud that you don’t listen to what these people have to say.
Who’s your entrepreneurial hero?
I don’t have one hero, I have two- my Mom and my Dad. Between owning their own businesses and being the most wonderful parents I could ask for, they showed me what a healthy work life balance is. I was taught that if I work REALLY hard, bust my butt and don’t give up on what I want, then I can reap the benefits down the road. They always supported my dreams and ambitions and I wouldn’t be where I am today, both personally and professionally, if they hadn’t.
What advice do you have for today’s aspiring entrepreneurs?
Find something you are passionate about and pursue it. If your idea has already been done, do it better. And if it hasn’t been, well, that’s great. Regardless, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t or shouldn’t do something, because if you’re going to be an entrepreneur, you need to believe that you can and will.
How can our readers connect with you?
If you couldn’t tell by my lengthy answers, I love to chat! I am always happy to connect with others and enjoy hearing their stories. It’s so fascinating to hear how other people got to where they are today! Connect with me on Twitter on my personal account, @daniellescheven, or on Carolily’s, @CarolilyFinery. You can also send me an email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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