Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Acela Troffer, Owner of Rhapsody red T-shirt Quilts, located in Windermere, FL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I preserve memories through quilts. All those t-shirts you can’t bare to throw away or give away after you don’t wear them anymore can be sewn together into a quilt and turned into a beautiful quilt with so many memories.

My clients are either mothers gifting their kids t-shirt quilts from the kid’s events or mothers/wives memorializing their deceased husband for themselves or their children.

Tell us about yourself

My initial incentive for starting Rhapsody red T-shirt Quilts was to counter the cost of my personal quilting hobby and to keep myself busy after retiring from my career. As I started getting orders and getting to know my clients, I realized I was providing such an important service to them. Preserving their memories is critical to them. Clients cry when they see their quilts for the first time. That says a lot. What I do is so much more important than the benefits I get from the business.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Making people cry! Tears of joy to see their quilt.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

I am not a technical person or oriented to social media activity, so dealing with anything on the internet is excruciatingly painful, I can’t figure it out. I pay a lot for my website service compared to the small size business I have, but I need to. It’s also been a long road to understand social media, and I am lucky I have a very patient daughter who also has a business that helps me.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Get mentorship early on. It will pay off.
  2. Spend the time to dig into anything you need to learn, don’t just kinda know it. YouTube is your friend.
  3. Be patient, be gritty, and be super persistent. There are always reasons to quit. Don’t do it.

Where can people find you and your business?


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