Changing careers to stay inspired #entrepreneurtalk


- Someone once told me: "If you're not a little uncomfortable with your first version, it's because you didn't come up with it earlier." It always reminds me that it's best to give it a go and readjust later than to not try at all.

Adèle Manseau | Desjardins Group

As exciting as her life may be, Johanie must juggle many task to make her business dream come true. Sometimes, 24 hours in a day isn't enough to get everything done.  Yet, no one knew that this inspiring entrepreneur and winner of the Three Times a day contest would lead such a busy life. Find out how she did it! 

1. What would say is your go-to tech tool to get everything done? 
My iPhone! I thought I put it in the dryer this week and my heart almost stopped! I do everything from my cellphone: answer emails, manage social media, take photos, research suppliers, deposit cheques, make money transfers, get directions, call an Uber, book a car2go, text my helpers, call my points of sale, etc.

I also use Facetime to connect with my family or friends when I'm too busy for a visit. I really can't live without my iPhone! 

2. How do you deal with stress? 
When a task seems daunting, I tell myself "you always get through it." It's like a reminder that no matter how difficult the moment may be, I will overcome it even if it means putting in a lot of effort and energy. In the end, I will be proud of myself!  

Someone once told me: "If you're not a little uncomfortable with your first version, it's because you didn't come up with it earlier." That goes against the control freak and perfectionist in me. It always reminds me that it's best to give it a go and readjust later than to not try at all.

3. Was there a key moment or something that changed for you that got you to open your own business?
Since my business is still in the start-up phase, I can talk about what set me on the entrepreneur path. I have a bachelor's degree in actuarial science and, until a few years ago, I never thought that I'd one day become an entrepreneur. Circumstances, Pinterest (!) and a great deal of soul searching on what I wanted to accomplish led me to open my own business. 

With the help of my mentors, I officially launched Johanie Créative Inc. which includes Johanie les Biscuits, a blog, a YouTube channel, creative workshops and a soon-to-come online store featuring creative baking tools and fun accessories. All of it designed to inspire creativity and help celebrate all the big and small things in life.

4. What's the best advice you have for someone thinking about going into business for themselves?
I have a few:

"Don't be afraid to go towards people and to have a good contact network." Networking is important in the entrepreneurial world. Everyone has something to offer. 

"Do something you love." It's important to love what you do and that's exactly what made me change my life so drastically. I woke up one morning and decided that I wanted to have fun at work; so I created my own line of work. 

"Just go for it!" How successful you are is entirely up to you and how much effort you put in. You have the control over the rest of your life and you set up your own success in business. 

"It's okay to start from somewhere." I've heard Grace Bonney from Design*Sponge talk about that a few weeks ago. She said that it was a pity that everyone wants to look like a pro from day 1. First of all, good luck (ha ha) and second, that's often what contributes to a new business' charm, seeing it evolve over time. 

5. How do you take care of yourself and have fun?
I love Sunday brunches with friends.  I think Montreal is the perfect place to do that. There are so many inspiring places with delicious food. Otherwise, I watch a lot of Quebec and American TV.

Did you change careers? Share your best tips to inspire your peers!

Owner: Johanie Vigneault
Location: Montreal
In business since: 2015
Market: Creative pastries and Do It Yourself festive!

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