Women Entrepreneurs

KNOTEWORTHY: Chantal Boxer, Fini Concierge

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Never having dreamed of owning a business and now with three children, Chantal relishes each opportunity to help clients have an easier day because she gets the struggle. Having worked in the non-profit world for years before founding Fini Concierge, her heart has always been inspired by making life better for people. As the word “no” doesn’t come easily to her, she’s just as happy organizing someone’s closet as she is coordinating a client event or wrapping gifts. When she’s not working on a Fini project, she loves to over commit herself to volunteer school committees, entertaining friends at her home, and never misses an opportunity to spend time on the beach with her family.

We talked to Chantal about where she finds inspiration to stay motivated in business, and here’s what she shared…

What is your mission statement and overall goal for your business?

Rooted in the belief that we shouldn’t feel the guilt of having to “do it all”, Fini Concierge comes from a desire to help people focus on what is important to them – family, work, friends and having the time and energy to do the things they enjoy. Our motto, “consider it done”, reflects our commitment to providing a simpler way of life.

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

Fini Concierge started because we wanted to help people that faced the same daily challenges that we encountered in own own lives. I run Fini Concierge with my husband, and with three children and a business to manage, we know the feeling of never having enough time all too well. In 2004, we created Fini Concierge so that busy families and individuals would have a resource they could call upon when they needed help. We wanted to offer a no-judgement, easily accessible team of highly qualified problem solvers that would be available to people when they needed help with most aspects of life – a team that can run your errands, hire your nanny, plan your next vacation and donate your old ski equipment.

Where do you find inspiration to stay motivated?

Our inspiration comes from our clients. Over our nearly 15 years in business we have had the opportunity to work with such amazing people, interact with really interesting businesses and learn from our fascinating clients and through complex projects. Discretion is always a high priority for us and our clients know that they can rely on us to help them with daily life tasks to personal, challenging projects. We love seeing projects through to completion and making a difference, even if it’s a small one, in people’s lives. Our clients aren’t constantly having to start from scratch when they use us and we love being a piece in their puzzle that allows for an easier, more successful life.

CONNECT WITH CHANTAL:

Website: https://finiconcierge.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/finiconcierge
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finiconcierge/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/finiconcierge/

KNOTEWORTHY: Meg Wheeler, One For Women

Meg Wheeler is the Co-Founder of One For Women, an online gift company that sources its products from women makers and gives back to non-profits that support women. She also teaches and mentors women looking to leave their 9-5 jobs and start their own businesses and runs her blog, the Leap of Faith Society. A realtor turned international tax accountant turned startup CEO. Meg is passionate about empowering women, a believer in constant reinvention and never takes herself too seriously.

We asked Meg to share her story regarding her journey to entrepreneurship, along with some questions regarding her business goals, and here's what she shared with us...

Can you tell me your mission statement and overall goal for your business?

One For Women empowers and connects women through easier and more intuitive gift giving and a focus on promoting women-owned companies to catalyze their growth. Our affordable, curated gift sets, designed for the “small” moments in life such as job promotions or breakups, feature products from women-owned companies and our website’s features such as group gift giving and advance scheduling options save the busy woman time. To further our mission of supporting and connecting women, a portion of our proceeds go back to women’s non-profit organizations. Our philosophy is simple: one small gesture can have one significant impact.  

How do you achieve work-life balance?

When I started One For Women I knew that I did not want to run my company the way most startups are – long hours, handcuffed to emails and burnt out employees. I was very intentional about setting boundaries so that the work would still get done, but I would be able to spend time with my family and be a healthy, happy founder. I prioritize two areas – first, I focus on my health. I schedule time every day to work out and take a short nap (crucial to stay productive!), and I create a meal plan every week to ensure I am eating good nutritional foods. It may sound odd to talk about personal health when talking about business, but I am more energetic and productive when I am my best self, and this is the key to big ideas and getting my work done quicker so that I can have that work-life balance.

The second area I prioritize is finding efficiencies in my business. I have set “work” times for myself based on when I know I’m most productive, and I schedule in family/personal time that is sacred. I also automate as much as I can, and for things I can’t (such as responding to emails), I set up systems – for example, only responding to emails at certain times – to ensure that I stay as productive as possible and can shut down during that crucial family time.

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

It all started when a friend had a bad day, which turned into a bad week. I wanted to cheer her up, so I sent her flowers, which put a smile on her face but cost me a cool $80. I realized that I couldn’t sustain sending my friends these “small gestures” on my budget, and thought there had to be a better way. But I struggled to find one resource for small, affordable gifts and figured many other women, like myself, probably didn’t have the time to search for them either.

I almost stopped there. But I quickly realized that I had the opportunity, through the gift sets, to have a bigger impact. To be more than just a gift company. And that’s when the idea of one small gesture, one big impact, was born.

Each One For Women gift set doesn’t just surprise and delight its recipient; it supports women makers and non-profit organizations that help women. Through something as simple as a small gift, I am honored to build a community that supports and empowers women and women-owned businesses.

CONNECT WITH MEG:

  • Website: http://www.oneforwomen.com/

  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oneforwomen/