Full Name: Elaine K. Stephen
Company/Business: Flowers From Fatima
Year Founded: 2001
Tell us about your business: I sell Christian ispirational gifts.
What inspired you to start your business:I am a Christian woman who for many years dreamed of having a baby and starting my own business. Unfortunately, I never conceived and a brick and mortar retail store required more upfront investment than I had. Even if I did have a baby and a business, I wondered how I could give both a child and a business the attention they both needed at the same time? Finally, it was time to stop dreaming and wondering and start investigating. My mother always said, “God helps those who help themselves.” My husband and I decided to adopt a child and I decided to start an online retail business. An online business offered low start up costs and the ability to work from home. As my husband and I created a profile for our adoption, I created a new business. Through prayer to God and Jesus Christ for guidance and patience, my dreams came true. In November of 2002, I held my adopted son in my arms for the first time and my first web site was already profitable!
Share one business goal you have: To offer affordable Christian inspirational gifts that make it possible for Christians to give all the inspirational gifts their hearts desire, for every occasion and holiday.
What would you say contributes to your success: Great customer service based on Christian morales and values.
What advice would you like to offer other women/moms who are thinking about starting a business:
Never give up! A business takes a lot of research, hard work, trial and error and persistence! I truly believe that God wants us to succeed. He simply asks us to plant the seeds of our business, harvest the grain that is available to our business, prepare the flour for our business, mix the dough in our business and bake the foundation of our business before we get to savor the bread of our business, which is our success!!
What is your favorite business tool/resource: My Inspirational Christian Stories, Poems, Gifts blog at http://inspirationalgifts.blogspot.com