Name: Jessica Carter
Company Name: First-Bite
Date Started: March 1, 2009
Maven IG: How long have you wanted to start your own business? I’ve had other ideas for businesses (that still may come later) for a few years now. The blog idea just came about at the beginning of the year.
Maven IG: Why did you choose the business you are in? It related to my passion—cooking—and it was a fun way I could get others involved
Maven IG: What did you feel was holding you back from starting your business? I didn’t think I was “expert” enough to review restaurants, and didn’t feel that people would care to read my opinion.
Maven IG: Who or what was it that gave you that final push to start? Boredom really. I kept saying I needed a hobby and had this idea for a blog and with some pushing encouragement from Mario, I finally decided to go ahead and get started.
Maven IG: How did MoneyIsJustAnIdea help you in creating your business? The success of their blog showed me that surprisingly, maybe people do care about what I have to say.
Maven IG: What resources did you use? Omari helped me with some technical issues and Mario gave some design input. Godaddy.com and WordPress.org have great customer service and help forums as well.
Maven IG: What advice would you give to anyone out there trying to start their own business? I could put a lot of clichés here—just do it, grab your dreams, failure is the best teacher, etc, but really, it’s just fun. I love cooking and eating, so at this point it almost doesn’t matter if people read the blog, I really just enjoy doing it. Since it’s something I’m passionate about, there’s no such thing as failure.