I had the pleasure of attending Hello Beautiful Boutique’s ribbon cutting with the Forest Lake Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors today. Owner, Amanda Martens, put on a great presentation of her business and the products she offers.
Amanda describes Hello Beautiful Boutique as a ‘hidden gem’ located off the main drag in Forest Lake Minnesota, where she carries a variety of tops, bottoms, and accessories for the everyday mom. I was especially excited to hear that her boutique is kid friendly. She even offers a space for children to play while moms shop! Of course I had to snag a few items for myself… her prices are too affordable not to! Keep reading to find out what Amanda has to say about running her own business…
Inside Amanda’s Business:
How Long Have You Been in Business?
Hello Beautiful Boutique has been in business since March of 2017, but opened it’s doors to the location September 29, 2018.
What Got You Started?
I had been in Direct Sales since 2009. When the first company I was with closed their doors on the consultants in 2014, I began my journey of finding my true passion. Through everything I always found myself loving jewelry, clothing and everything fashion. So after getting my feet wet with a clothing company, it opened my eyes to the possibilities.
What Keeps You Inspired or Motivated?
First of all I would say my family and friends. It is so motivating to me to hear my daughter tell me how much she loves helping me with the clothes and how she wants to be a business woman some day. Secondly I would say podcasts and books. Motivational speaker, business, etc.
What’s Your Favorite Part About Your Business or Owning a Business?
I love to meet new people and building long lasting relationships. I have met many friends through my businesses and a few have become some of my best friends.
What Do You Wish You Knew When First Starting Your Business?
I wish I would have learned to not worry about what everyone else is doing or thinking about me. Other people’s opinion of me is none of my business. –Rachel Hollis
Do what makes you happy and everything else will fall into place.
Please Share Any Favorite Business Tips, Tools, Vendors, or Websites that Might Help Other Women in Business
Emily Benson of Stylish and Successful is a fantastic resources for boutiques and many businesses in general. She has free resources including a facebook group, podcast and trainings. Also, get into your local community. One benefit of being a part of the Forest Lake Chamber is a women’s networking group, Lakes Area Women in Business. To surround yourself with like minded people or people ahead of the line from you is very empowering.
An important part of running a successful business is how you interact with your customers. Don’t be afraid to smile and chat with the people that are supporting your business! Amanda does a fantastic job of making people feel welcome the minute they enter her shop’s door.
Congratulations Amanda on your new venture! You have set Hello Beautiful Boutique up for success. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you and your business.
Side note: If you haven’t checked into your local Chamber of Commerce, I definitely recommend it. They can prove to be a great source of networking with other local businesses. It was great to see so many business owners coming out to support Amanda’s ribbon cutting event at Hello Beautiful Boutique!
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