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Meet Our Award Finalists: Tips from Andrea Winarski

Andrea Winarski has been a Mompreneur member since 2012, and is based out of Aurora, Ontario. She is a finalist for The 2017 Mompreneur Award of Excellence for her company Easy Peasy Patches.

Mompreneur Andrea Winarski of Easy Peasy Patches, finalist for The 2017 Mompreneur Award of Excellence

Andrea’s Journey to Entrepreneurship:

I have always been a creative thinker and doer; I love to seek out unique solutions to common problems. Easy Peasy Patches was exactly that – the solution to the mom problem of little kids wearing out the knees of their pants. I wanted a quick and easy fix for my boys’ pants, and couldn’t find anything that worked.

Once I created my product, I realized that Easy Peasy Patches were so much more than a way to mend jeans. Customers loved Easy Peasy Patches because they were fun and had so many practical and creative uses. I quickly became addicted to my customers’ feedback and input. I worked to continually improve and expand our patches.

Easy Peasy Patches are the only permanent, fabric, stick-on patch on the market – NO ironing, NO sewing! Easy Peasy Patches will stay on through the washer, dryer, and dishwasher. They are super durable and fun, which means that they can be used on anything from jeans and backpacks to water bottles and sporting gear. They are great for decorating, crafting, and mending everything!

Andrea’s Words of Wisdom:

The journey of entrepreneurship is not a walk in the park; it is a roller coaster ride. We do ourselves a disservice to only tell the stories of tech start-ups that make millions in the first year and to repeat over and over again that hard work is all it takes. Entrepreneurship takes optimism, passion and gratitude for the process. A positive financial end result not guaranteed; only the risks that need to be taken along the way and the learning process are guaranteed. On the flip side, mistakes and failure are definite certainties.

People tell me that I am lucky that I have my own business. I am lucky that I had the resources, skills and support to start my own business but, beyond that, luck is not a factor in starting a business. It may play a role in the success of a business but it is not what will get you out of bed in the morning to work only for yourself and it is not what will rally you to put your ideas ‘out there’ to be critiqued by the world. Optimism, passion and will get you started; perseverance will keep you going.

I enjoy connecting with other entrepreneurs and self-starters because they realize that what people often see is only the tip of the iceberg of what is required. My business partner always says, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.” That is true!

My advice to anyone, especially a mother whose time is so precious, is that, if you have a dream to create something, start with one small action a week. Set aside just an hour a week to get the idea down on paper. Start with the planning and go from there. If you work at your idea a little bit every day, no matter how bad the day, then you are moving forward.

Join us on March 3/4 in Toronto for The 2017 National Mompreneurs Conference, where we will announce all of our 2017 Mompreneur Award winners – LIVE at the event! 

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