If you know me well, you know I am a huge supporter of small businesses! There’s many reasons for this, for which I can create another post, so I thought it would be interesting to highlight small business owners, particularly parents! The inspiration for this series came from Jamaal Rashad’s ValorLives Series. I will do a few vlog interviews, but for now, the first couple will be written. Hope you learn something and enjoy!
Amanda is a mom to a lively one year old and has owned Zaglios for about 2 1/2 years. I have to say, her treats are divine! Here is our interview:
Me: You have established a fantastic brand & business, what were some challenges you faced getting up and running?
Amanda: Getting the food licenses and county regulations! The county is strict and there were many hurdles. The small projects, such as simple construction to put up a wall, ended up being a really complicated endeavor. I’d say getting compliant was definitely the biggest challenge.
Me: What are some challenges you face in your family life, while still running the business?
Amanda: Lack of sleep! Between the baby and the bakery, there was very little sleep. And sleep deprivation leaves you on edge, creates disagreements about everything, business and baby.
Me: Being a working parent is a balancing act, what advice do you have for other working parents?
Amanda: Make time for family! Carving out family time is so important, to not cross over business and family. It’s nice I am able to bring my daughter to work with me in a bind, but really, it’s best to keep them separate.
Me: What was your greatest disappointment in your business? Greatest achievement?
Amanda: That’s a hard one! I would say my answer sort of flows into both. I wanted to start out as strictly cakes and desserts, but slowly we started to convert over to a coffee shop and offering breakfast options. That wasn’t my plan at first, and I sort of resisted it but once things got in motion, it’s actually worked out really well! So it was a disappointment and an achievement.
Me: How do you refocus?
Amanda: WINE! And to talk about anything but business. The business talk can consume you, so it really helps to take a break from it, and also have a glass of wine!
Me: What do you feel like is the secret to your success? What are you most thankful for?
Amanda: I think just going with what works, like having breakfast options like I mentioned earlier. Being flexible, open to other options. I’m thankful for my husband. He does the accounting. It creates a good balance for us, I’m more of the creative one and he handles the business side.
Me: What is important to you when you leave your legacy for your children?
Amanda: Do what makes you happy & follow your dreams!
You can tell she really loves what she does. She takes a lot of pride in her work and in her family. It was such a pleasure to interview her and get some perspective on the behind the scenes of working a bakery. Check out her cake gallery here.