Meet Betsy of Beddy's
Tell us a Little about yourself, your family and your business
We are located in West Jordan Utah. We sell patented zipper bedding. It started because I wanted an easier way to make a bunk bed and turns out our bedding is great for all hard to make beds!
What did you do before starting Beddy's?
I was a full-time hairdresser. I loved my job and didn't ever imagine doing something else. This just somehow happened! It's actually crazy when I think about how it has all happened.
How did you come up with your company name and why?
Beddy's is just a play on words. Bed-ease...making your BED with EASE, one zip at a time.
What inspired you to start your own business and how did you start it?
I actually didn't even think about starting a business. I just made my first prototype and my friends all loved the idea and wanted one for their kids. I started thinking that maybe I should patent the idea and start a little side business. That's when I mentioned it to Angie. She loved the idea and that is when the company started.
Is there a specific tool you use that makes managing a business easier?
Gosh, there are so many tools available and we are just learning about all of them. We have to share a calendar because it seems like we are going a million different directions every day. We also rely quite a bit on Dropbox and all social media.
What were some of the learning curves of just starting out?
I think everything was a learning curve. We had no idea what we were doing. I think that was almost a blessing. We had no idea how many times we could have failed. We just went for it and worked hard to make everything work. We have learned that our schedule can change by the minute. We have become pros at last minute photo shoots and decorating a room in just minutes.
What's it like being a business owner and mom, how do you schedule both?
Sometimes (OK every day) I get a little emotional about this subject. I want to be the very best mom and I want to be the very best business owner too. I've realized it's impossible to be the best at both. I just take everything one day at a time. My kids have been so great about adapting to crappy dinners most nights. They've also learned to make their own school lunches. Sometimes I tell myself that I'm teaching them life skills that will make them more productive later in life. They have to do it for themselves because I can't do it all. Who knows, I'm probably doing it all wrong. I really do try hard every day. It's just...impossible. So there are definitely the days where I have to take time away from work and spend quality time with the kids. If anyone has advice on how to juggle it all, I'd love to hear it. This is my number one struggle. Balance.
What has been your greatest lesson in business and motherhood?
You never know what you can do until you try. I had no idea I could run a business. I still question my abilities. But my kids and my work both have stretched me further than I thought possible. I learn from both my kids and work every single day.
Do you have any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and mothers?
This will be the hardest thing you'll ever do, you'll hit more lows than you ever thought possible. But you will also hit those highs that you never thought you'd hit. If we didn't have the hard days we wouldn't appreciate those awesome days, right? Stick with it during those hard days. The good days are just around the corner.
What does a “normal” day in your home look like?
I'm a pretty scheduled person...even on the weekend. I wake up every morning by 5:30. (I've been a morning person my whole life...don't try contacting me after 10:00 pm...I won't answer. My family and friends all joke that I'm the youngest senior citizen they've met.) I meet Angie and we exercise together and usually talk about the day and what we have scheduled. I come home and get ready for work. My kids are all old enough that they can get themselves ready for school, but I still have to break up a couple fights every now and again. :) I usually head to the office as soon as they leave for school. I spend all day at the office, usually in meetings etc. I try to be home by the time the kids get home from school and spend a couple hours with them and running them to practices etc. I'm lucky that my job can be done on the road too. I'll usually take my laptop with me and answer emails etc while waiting for the kids. We try to have dinner together most nights but with sports and activities it doesn't always happen. I usually make my kids get ready for bed at about 9:00. For some reason, they take about an hour to brush their teeth and get ready for bed. Does anyone else notice that their kids are suddenly hungry and thirsty right at bed time? It drives me crazy! I'll usually head up to bed and check on social media. It's funny how social media is a job now. I've always been the one doing all of our social media and that's a full-time job! I try really hard to be in bed by 10:00. I'm no good without sleep.
Besides business and your family, do you have any hobbies you love to enjoy (when you have the time)?
I love shopping. I actually love helping other people shop. Shopping by myself isn't as fun. I think someday I could be a professional shopper. I love meeting friends for lunch and catching up on their lives. Sometimes I just want to sit home and read a book. I don't know when the last time I did that. I love a good book.
I’m a huge coffee lover, and I'm always looking for new types, do you have a particular favorite? or any other type of beverage?
I am a HUGE Diet Dr. Pepper fan. I know. It's not good for you. But listen, it keeps me sane. I'm clearly addicted because without it I get a ginormous headache. Plus, it's fun to go with a friend to Swig and get a "Dirty Diet Dr. Pepper". They add sugar-free coconut flavoring and it's my favorite treat...calorie free of course ;) Have you ever asked a friend to go with you to get a water? No, because it's not fun. So that's why I have an addiction...it's so I can be social with my friends. They all love to go get a Diet Dr. Pepper with me.
Who has been an inspiration to you in your life and why?
Wow, that's a hard one. I feel like there are so many people I look up to. I sometimes get down on myself because I look at someone and see all that they are good at. One of my friends in particular is the most amazing cook. She's an incredibly patient mom too. I told her I wanted to be just like her. She said "We all have our strengths, I couldn't run a business like you!" It made me love her even more. It's really true. We all have our strengths. If we compare our weakness to someone else's strength we will never feel adequate. So I've had to learn to appreciate their skills and learn from them. I can't be the best at everything but I can surround myself with a bunch of people who are the best a something...and let them teach me. I've brought that into my business life. I have hired some of the most talented people. I should be jealous of all of them. But instead I use their talents in our business. I can't believe how much each person brings to the company. I love each person for their individual strength. So to answer your question, I think I am inspired daily by someone different. (I guess that wasn't much of an answer was it!)
If you could travel anywhere or do anything in the world what would that be?
Today I'd want to go to Fiji. I just got back from Disneyland and the new Soaring around the world ride. The video of Fiji looks AMAZING and so beautiful. Plus it smelled so good! I love a beautiful beach with warm water.
If your children learn one thing from you what would you wish that to be?
I want them to be kind. I tell them that all the time. It's important to be smart and do well in school, but no one will remember that. Everyone will remember you being kind. I tell them that I don't care if they are the smartest, or best at sports, or prettiest. I just want them to be the kindest.
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