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When a financial crisis motivated Quinn to launch a business of her own, she looked for inspiration in a favorite habit – supporting mom owned businesses. Now she offers online shoppers a way to do the same with products that are Created By Mom.

Name
Quinn Curtis

City / State
Salt Lake City, UT

What was your big dream?
To bring together moms & their products in one chic online store, making it more convenient for consumers to purchase from moms & easier for moms to buy from other moms, using an in-store discount.

How did you accomplish it?
Lots & lots & lots of late nights, early mornings, nap times & baptism by fire, along with a supportive husband & a cheerleader mom. My most influential resource that has helped me accomplish this is Kelly Anderson of the Startup Princess organization who has helped connect me to incredible mentors that have given me perfectly valuable direction. I never would have known about her without my TodaysMama newsletter that gave me one of her conference’s information (I love my newsletters!).

Where did you find inspiration to get started?
It seemed like a lot of mom-friends were all starting their own businesses, making unique products. I wanted to support them, but couldn’t keep track of where they were all selling their products. Also, a lot of them didn’t have time or the know=how to successfully market their products, especially online. Our family was in the middle of a HUGE financial crisis at this time & I felt inspired to start CreatedByMom.com, hoping it would be our miracle to help our family get back on track, while helping many other moms in the process.

What motivated you to keep going?
Divine kicking & the fear of losing our home if I didn’t do something. Also, with each mom that I got to know who wanted their products in CreatedByMom.com, I received increased.

What’s your next Big Dream?
I want to grow CreatedByMom.com to be the #1 Big Box Online Competitor, offering consumers a more effective way to support moms & families.

Who is your hero?
My husband, Randy; he is an undeviating rock in prioritizing family & faith. This past year he lost his mother unexpectedly & had to put his father in an Alzheimer’s care facility, yet he still continues to push forward with optimism & love for life & all those around him.

What do you wish you did better?
Managed my time better (I bet we could all say that). I also wish I was better at dealing with the unexpected bumps in my “plan”.

What book is on your night stand?
I currently have the first four books of “The Great and Terrible” series sitting in a pile – I’m reading book number three.

What is your favorite lipstick?
What’s lipstick? I haven’t bought lipstick for over 8 years! I’m lucky to do any make-up each day & generally go for tinted gloss from Bath & Body Works (that stuff is amazing; gives color, moisture & mint flavor to freshen up mommy breath… brilliant!).

What is your favorite quote?
“Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, fabulous and talented? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone. And, as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

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