Name: Bridget Platt
Business Name/Occupation: Daddy's Deployed LLC
When did you know starting a business was right for you? Tell us about your business: I knew starting a business was right for me when I realized that the product I created for my daughter could help every young child better understand a parent’s deployment. I founded Daddy’s Deployed, LLC. We create entirely personalized children’s books explaining the complex subject of military deployments to our nation’s tiniest warriors.
What is the most disheartening thing you have encountered in your career as a military spouse?: Too often, I think military spouses feel threatened by others who have big dreams. I would like to start a movement where we all help, and support, each other achieve those dreams.
What career challenges have you faced because you are a woman?: My background is in secondary education, so I didn’t face many career challenges in that field. After getting my business off the ground, I realized that I did not have any female mentors or advisors. That has since changed, and having an advisor who is also a working mother has been phenomenal.
What advice would you give a woman, in particular a military spouse, interested in staring her own business?: Don’t be afraid to reach out to others and ask for help. I certainly don’t know everything, but I will always meet for coffee and help make any introductions that I can. Every person I have encountered in the military spouse business owner world has been nothing but helpful. You just have to be willing to step outside your comfort zone and ask.
What is the most challenging thing about being a military spouse and business owner? What is the most rewarding thing?: For me, finding the balance of mom, military spouse, and business owner has been the most challenging thing. It’s a constant struggle and there are times that I feel like I’m failing at one thing to succeed in the other two, but I’ve learned to be open with my husband and ask for help.
The most rewarding thing aspect of my position is receiving emails and photos from our Daddy’s Deployed/Mommy’s Deployed families. When I see smiling little faces and hear stories about “happy tears,” I know we’re making a difference. That’s worth every challenge in the world.
How did it feel when you made your first sale?: Wonderful...and terrifying. I think I held my breath until I received the email (weeks later) saying how much they loved the book!
What is one obstacle you have faced as a business owner, or on a personal level, as a military spouse, that you would have never expected?: This past semester, I finished my Masters of Education in Instructional Systems Technology, while running a business, and being a full time stay-at-home mommy to Charlotte. In order to give Charlotte my full attention, I work really early in the morning, or very late at night. I remember one fall night sitting at my computer in the dark dining room, crying because I had too much on my plate and no way to fix it. I would also argue that graduating was one of my greatest accomplishments.
What is one business goal you hope to accomplish by the end of this year?: This year we're launching our new website and a new book (squeal!). I'm so excited I feel like I could burst.
As a military spouse, or business owner, I know one thing for certain. It is . . .: That I can do anything I put my mind to.
What strengths do you possess, that you did not know you had, until you became an entrepreneur?: I knew nothing about running a business before I started mine. I've realized that I can be very resourceful.
My biggest fear is . . . : Failure. Failing the DD/MD families, failing my family...any sort of failure. I have nightmares about it.
My greatest accomplishment is . . .: My daughter. She is the most sensitive, caring little person I have ever known and everything about her makes me so proud. I tear up just thinking about her sweet soul.
When I grow up I want to be . . . : As happy as possible, with every aspect of my life.
In 2050 I hope women are/can/have . . .: In 2050, I hope it is completely normal to have a woman CEO of a huge company. That women don't find themselves receiving lower salaries than their male counterparts; that women are recognized and treated properly with maternity leave and, most of all, I hope that women are kind to each other.
What is your legacy?: I'm just getting started. Can I answer this question in a few years? ;)
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/DaddysDeployed