Person of the Week
Entrepreneur and Inventor of Loo-Hoo Wool Dryer Balls
I think it means that there is so much freedom and independence related to being an entrepreneur and inventor. You would never guess what comes up and so it is about having the confidence and self-discipline to keep moving forward.
1. What led you to the mission of being an entrepreneur and inventor of Loo-Hoo Wool Dryer Balls?
I first wanted to become an entrepreneur. When I looked around at the different jobs that were available and kept thinking of ideas about how I could make them better or make them different, I realized that I wanted to create something of my own. I wanted something that would allow me control over my schedule and a little freedom throughout the day.
The wool dryer balls came from having to eliminate using dryer sheets when my son was first born. We were using cloth diapers. We weren’t supposed to use dryer sheets with them. Then I learned more about dryer sheets and that they are pretty harmful to the environment – especially your home environment. There are chemicals in them that you shouldn’t be exposing your newborn son.
I wanted to eliminate dryer sheets and find something to replace them. I learned about what a dryer ball was. A couple of months later, I started to use a trial and error method to forming a wool dryer ball.
2. What does this mission mean to you?
I think it means that there is so much freedom and independence related to being an entrepreneur and inventor. It is also about being a problem solver of issues that come up, facing challenges, building a team, and so many other aspects that come up every day. You would never guess what comes up and so it is about having the confidence and self-discipline to keep moving forward. You keep standing behind the products you make and you find more places in the world where they belong.
3. What was your best day as an entrepreneur and inventor of Loo-Hoo Wool Dryer Balls?
If I had to choose just one, I would say when Whole Foods said, “Yes”, to carrying my products. The wool dryer balls are mostly in the North Atlantic and New England stores, but we are hoping that they will go across to other regions. (Visit the Loo-Hoo Wool Dryer Ball website by clicking on this link. You can order the dryer balls online from this Loo-Hoo website.)
4. What was your worst day as an entrepreneur and inventor of Loo-Hoo Wool Dryer Balls?
Once I couldn’t fill orders quick enough because the supply and manufacturing was not in line. It was hard to come back to people and say that I wasn’t able to make a deadline. It is something that we stand by, so it was hard to tell people about the delay. They always understood. But it is always about having consistency about something we really value.
5. How did you survive your worst day?
I have a support team. I have the best team in the world. I’m the only person that works at the headquarters, but I am always reaching out to other people. My husband is dear and always willing to lend and ear and a shoulder when good and bad days come up. He is so helpful.
I also have my advisory team and my mentors. I’m always opening and willing to reach out. They have always helped me through the good and the bad.
6. What would you tell someone who has a heart for being an entrepreneur or inventing things?
I would say to surround your self with other people who are in that same “boat”. Reach out to everybody no matter what their age or other things like that. It is amazing how generous people are with their time. Surrounding yourself with those likeminded people is such an important part. Those other people in your life may have supported you through other things, but they may not understand the entrepreneurial or inventor journey. It certainly is a different one.
You can reach out to groups as well as individuals. People will always rise up to support and encourage you. That alone can keep you going – until you start to generate some traction with your business or invention.