Name: Victoria Tiller
Business Name/Occupation: Bootstrapping Queen/Business Success Coach
When did you know starting a business was right for you? Tell us about your business: I first knew starting a business was right for me in 2005. I was a year away from completing my degree in business administration and was pregnant with my second child. I knew I wanted to do something that would allow me to put my education to use as well as have the flexibility to stay at home with my daughter. I also wanted to do something that would allow me to be in a position where I did not have to worry about my job transferring when we made our next move.
In my business as the Bootstrapping Queen I work with aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs to help them discover low cost ways to start and grow their business. I help them to develop the knowledge and skills as well as locate resources so they can successfully function in the world of business.
What is the most amazing thing you have experienced in business?: The most amazing thing that I have experienced in business is having the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing people that were willing to make a leap of faith and pursue their dream of entrepreneurship.
What is the most disheartening thing you have encountered in your career as a military spouse?: The most disheartening thing I have encountered in my career as a military spouse was being told that I could transfer into a position I PCSed only to get to the new location and find that I could not transfer because I had not held the position in the previous location longer enough. It was then that I knew even if I had a job I wanted to also have a business that I could take with me anywhere in the world.
What advice would you give a military spouse, interested in staring their own business?: I would tell a spouse wanting to start their own business to just do it. The time will never be right, you will never have enough money, you will never know everything you need to know. Find something that you enjoy doing, can make a profit, and then start getting in front of people to share what you have to offer.
What is the most challenging thing about being a military spouse and business owner? What is the most rewarding thing?: The most challenging thing about being a military spouse and business owner is establishing a local network of support each time we relocate. The most rewarding thing is the many business connections and relationships that I have developed and continue to maintain even once I am no longer in the local area.
How did it feel when you made your first sale?: When I made my first sale I was very proud and excited. It helped to build my confidence in that I can be a successful business owner.
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?: One obstacle that I have faced that I would have never expected is not receiving support from people that I expected.
What is one business goal you hope to accomplish by the end of this year?: One business goal I hope to accomplish by the end of this year is helping 20 aspiring entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership.
As a military spouse, or business owner, I know one thing for certain. It is . . .: One thing I know for certain is that things change. You can either change with them or get left behind.
What strengths do you possess, that you did not know you had, until you became an entrepreneur?: One strength that I posses that I did not realize just how much I had or how far it would take me until I became an entrepreneur is perseverance.
My biggest fear is . . . : My biggest fear is looking back on life and regretting the chances that I did not take.
My greatest accomplishment is . . .: My greatest accomplishment this year is stepping out of my comfort zone a speaking to a group of about 75 high school seniors about working to their potential and following their dreams.
When I grow up I want to be . . . : When I grow up I want to be a catalyst for change.
In 2050 I hope military spouses are/can/have/achieve . . .: In 2050 I hope military spouses are taking charge of their lives and doing what makes them happy inside and outside of the home.
Why do military spouses make great entrepreneurs?: Military spouses make great entrepreneurs because they know what it's like to be the foundation, they understand and are able to cope with change, and they understand that somethings are out of their control.
What is your legacy?: My legacy is that of an overcomer. Things that could have held me back I used them as motivation to move me forward and to encourage others to do the same. I help to change the way people view "problems."
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/bootstrappingqueen