Interview Series: Entrepreneur Woman
The “Interview Series” is a chance to look at women who are in school, working, or entrepreneurs. The women answer questions about why they do what they do, what they love about it, & what interests they had that led them to the place they are in their careers or in school. This is the Business Woman Series, where entrepreneurs talk about the process that they had to endure to starting their own businesses. They also talk about what they learned along the way and give advice to women who are thinking about jumping into the same career path.
Name: Amanda Schonberg
School: Baton Rouge Community College
Occupation: Owner of Chef Schonberg’s Sweets
- Why did you decide to start your own company?
I wanted to have something unique of my own and provide something different in the city (Baton Rouge).
- What type of school/education did you have to go through?
I attended Baton Rouge Community College for culinary arts and occupations and graduated in 2011.
- Did you have a lot of support when you first started?
Yes, I am blessed to have a supportive husband and family.
- What’s one hard lesson that you learned while starting your own business?
To be mindful of the company you keep, not everyone will understand your dreams and vision and that’s ok.
- What’s some advice you would give someone else who wanted to be their own boss?
Do the best you can with what you have. Too often we never start out of fear of not being perfect. As humans, we are all imperfectly perfect. The world needs your gift and you only rob others when you don’t use it.
- Did you read any self-help books or entrepreneurship books?
Yes and still do, I am a BIG reader, my favorite is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
- Who was your mentor, if you had one?
My teachers were good mentors. They helped me a lot when I was stuck on an idea. I still go to them whenever I need them.
- What business tool did you use when you first started?
I think when I first started I just heavily used social media, but now I have a lot of top-secret tools I use for checking analytics and being sure I hit my marks.