Entrepreneur Spotlight

Published on May 15th, 2011 | by thevyne

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Vyne Entrepreneur Spotlight: Andrea Gouw

Name: Andrea Gouw

Business venture (include website): ShopperSeeks.com

Where did the idea of your business come from?: My sister and I had spent too much searching for shoes & clothes online.  I knew there had to be a better way than just searching on google to find what I was looking for.

When did you start your business?: I launched the site in early May, but have been working on the idea for the past 6 months.

Do you focus on your business full time?: Yes, and then some!

If so, what made you decide to leave your former career to start this?: I was working at a start-up which gave me quite a bit of autonomy, but I wanted to run with the ball.

What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned?: No one understands your business as well as you do.  Everyone has an opinion and stories of what worked for them.  Take them into account but stay true to yourself.

What advice would you give someone thinking about starting their own business?: Don’t waste any more time thinking about it; get out there and do it!

What is the most gratifying thing about being a business owner?: The only one who can hold me back is me.

What is the most challenging thing about being a business owner?: If I fail, it’s on me.   That’s kind of overwhelming.  That and there are not enough hours in the day.

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