Amanda Johnson is 26 years old and has 2 beautiful babies! Her daughter who will be 3 in July and a son who just turned 1 in February! Amanda been a stay at home mom since her daughter was born and is the talent behind Haute Tot Threads!
I started my business- Haute Tot Threads when my son was about 6 months old. He’s a big boy; wearing 12 month clothes at 6 months old. Needless to say he outgrew clothes so quickly I decided I needed to start making his clothes myself. And thus my business was born!
How long have you been in business?
I’ve been in business for about 8 months.
What was your “a-ha” moment that inspired you to start your business?
My “a-ha”moment that inspired me to start my business was when people would ask me where I bought the clothes my son would wear! I’d happily tell them I made his outfit! Which made me realize other people liked what I made just as much as I did!
What keeps you inspired daily?
My kids keep me inspired daily! It’s hard living on one income, but being able to stay at home with my kids and have a little extra cash to take them to the zoo on a whim is great!
What marketing strategies do you find to be the most effective?
Post post post on social media I find is the most effective.
What was your best business decision?
Actually starting my business was the best business decision I could have made.
How do you balance being a mom and an entrepreneur?
It’s hard to balance both. My kids come first so naturally being a mom comes first. I get my work done at nap time and bedtime. (I don’t get much sleep)
What do you love most about what you do?
Being able to be at home with my kids everyday!
Describe your ideal workday?
My ideal workday would consist of early morning park escapade to wear out my kids and come home so they could take a loooong nap so I could get some work done!
What have been some of your major successes?
Every order that comes in I feel is a major success!
What have been some of your major challenges?
My major challenges are when my kids are sick and I can’t get any work done because they’re not sleeping/napping.
How do you balance motherhood and family life and your business?
I work at nap time and bedtime during the week but on the weekends I don’t work. I leave the weekends for my family.
Do you have any must-have products as a mother?
Not really. When my kids were younger I probably did but not as they got bigger.
Do you have help running your business, photographer, book keeper, designer?
I have no help running my business. Sometimes I don’t know how I manage it all!
What is your favorite family activity, vacation or past time?
My favorite family activity is taking the kids somewhere new to see their faces light up with excitement! I love taking them to the zoo!
If there was one piece of advice you could give to your children about running a successful business, what would it be?
Set a goal, and put your mind and heart into it! And don’t ever give up!
What is next for your business?
Next on my list for my business is to set up an actual website instead of etsy, and get a few brand reps!
I have a feeling Amanda is going to be taking on the world soon with her amazing talents. Make sure you check out Haute Tot Threads
and follow her online.