Diva: Jill Starishevsky
Business Name: The Poem Lady
Website Address: http://www.thepoemlady.com
Year Business Was Founded: 2005
Tell us about your business:
Need a poem but haven’t the time, The poem lady can write the perfect rhyme, Birthday, bar mitzvah or any shower, Let her make you the toast of the hour
I write poems for special occasions. My specialty is bar/bat mitzvah candlelighting ceremony poems.
What inspired you to start your business?
I have been writing poems for special occasions for over ten years and decided it would be a great business that could help others who need
to express themselves, but don’t know what to say.
What has been the biggest challenge in your business and how have you dealt with it?
The biggest challenge is having people find out about the business with a small marketing budget. I have overcome this hurdle by utilizing discussion groups and offering free samples.
What would you say has contributed to your business success?
I always provide prompt service and put my heart into my work.
What advice would you like to offer to other women/moms who are thinking about starting a business?
Make sure you are passionate about what you are doing because it is a huge commitment.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of being an entrepreneur?
It enables me to set my own hours and have extra spending money.
What is your favorite tool/resources you use for your business and why?
One of my favorite resources are discussion groups on baby shower websites such as Babyshower101.com because it really helps with the
word of mouth.
Is there anything you wish you’d done differently?
I wish I had gotten started earlier. We continue to grow each year and as the word spreads about the quality of our work, we get bigger and better.