Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Sharon Mintz. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Sharon, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. What did your parents do right and how has that impacted you in your life and career?
My dad was a small business owner, his dad was a small business owner. There was a time that my dad’s business was almost taken under, as a family we stuffed envelopes with business cards, a letter and a rolodex card, to help restart it with a new client base.
He used to remind us as children that there is no added safety to find employment with a big company, that a self employed business owner has more freedom and security. As a result he raised three children, all small business owners.
Sharon, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
At 16 I tried, with no luck, to become a florist. I had no experience, and was denied work at the shop I wanted most. I spent the next two years gaining general sales experience, and returned to the same Beverly Hills shop and asked again. This time, I was granted entrance.
I spent the next 9 years freelancing throughout Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and a times in Europe, learning both what to do, and what not to do; Learning how to treat people, and how not to treat people.
With that knowledge, and a nudge from my dad, I started Organic Elements.
How about pivoting – can you share the story of a time you’ve had to pivot?
Pivot, I think it’s the official word of any 2020 small business owner. Covid doesn’t care if you have commercial rent, covid doesn’t care about your fixed business costs.
Suddenly, I was falling back on more roots than I even remembered having, doing the shop work I cut my teeth on, and making candles and bath salts, things I truly did enjoy but normally didn’t have the time for.
To be honest, I loved crafting gift items and the partnerships with venues and vendors forged by them to keep us a float were more than heartwarming. But getting back to executing events again, this is the place I’m meant to be.
Any stories or insights that might help us understand how you’ve built such a strong reputation?
Consistency. Our returning clientele know, their emails will be answered, the work will be done according to contract and we will get our work done on site.
If we consistent and cause one less worry for them, we’ll be invited back, plain and simple.
- Website: https://www.organicelements.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/organicelements/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OrganicElementsFlorals/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/organic-elements-san-diego
Photo Credit- Walter Wilson Studios, Clove & Kin, SheWanders, Chard Photo