Saturday Business Spotlight featuring Tami Haugen-Lund

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This week we are featuring
Tami Haugen-Lund
of Creative Spirits

Q & A Time featuring Tami:

How long have you been in business?

Acquired 6/1/18. Previous owners started it 6 years prior.

What is your business all about? (services, products, etc)

Creativity…it is an important aspect in well being, development, and innovation.  There are many ways people experience creativity.  Some individuals experience it in a “paint and sip” event, cooking class in the creative studio, Kid’s Club Event, Pinterest: Let’s Try It Club, team building event, support group event, or at the last minute on a Saturday registering to paint a really cute pig!  We hope to offer enough variety to help INSPIRE…IGNITE…CREATE well being, personal development, and a spirit of innovation for as many people as we can!

What makes your business unique?

We have the opportunity to customize our experiences.  We aren’t limited to the paint and sip concept Creative Spirits was known.  We are listening to our customers to meet their creative needs and desires.  For example, our customer no longer needs to invest in supplies, time in trial and error, or become frustrated making something new they’ve seen on Pinterest when there is a place like CREATIVE SPIRITS where kids and adults can come and TRY it out first!  Leaders don’t need to create an effective and engaging TEAM BUILDING event – we work with our contracted experts to create an experience which meets those goals including the budget for the event.  Parents can enjoy the experience with their children in the studio, AND help us develop new opportunities with participation in KIDS CLUB.  We can’t be everything to everyone, but we want to try to do what we can do well.

What made you start your business?

Opportunity to acquire an operating business which met some of the important criteria of a start-up we’d been considering.

What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful business owner?

Innovative thinker, Task driven completer, People love

What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to launch their own business?

  1. Make a plan, work the plan, continuously evaluate the plan and outcomes.

  2. People are your business, no matter the business.  Spend dedicated time on the people aspect, including you and your needs.

  3. You can try to do it all, but will you do it well?  Seriously evaluate your skillset and where your time should be spent especially in the early days of a business and go from there.  Accounting, Legal documents, Set-up needs may be areas which should be outsourced to experienced professionals to save time in the start-up and insure accuracy and saving time in the long-run.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?

Jesus has been my greatest inspiration.  No matter the situation I find myself in as a business owner, mother, wife, daughter, friend, or stranger he has BEEN in a similar situation.  There is practical, real-time application.  He innovated, dealt with struggles in His mission, met uncertainty expressed by his disciples, and followed an unclear path for success.  There are many times I try to figure it out on my own, but always find my way back to listening to His guidance. 

What book has inspired you the most? Servant Leader 

What is your favorite book?  I love to read, so if you ask me again in 3 weeks my answer may change, but my NEW favorite book is DARE TO LEAD by Brene Brown.  Check it out!!

How do you conquer those moments of doubt that so often stifle or trip up or stop so many?

  1. Practice Emotional Intelligence:  Insure I’m reacting to facts, not the emotion or tiredness which is inherent in business development and operation.  Sleep on it, then decide what comes next.

  2. Truth People:  I have people who I can bounce doubts off of, judgement free.  In return I can trust they will give me THEIR truth, not just try to placate me.  That truth is an important factor as I evaluate next steps.

  3. Dig In:  If there is something or someone(including yourself) causing the doubt, hit it head on.  Don’t spend too much time on evaluation without an investment in fact finding.  Once you have the information that can be gathered, you can make decisions.  If it’s a “feeling” dig in and determine what’s causing it—we need to trust our gut, but I prefer having what facts can be gathered before I make decisions. 

The Creative Studios and events we create are fun and productive!  We’d love to Inspire…Ignite…Create with you!

Thank you, Tami, for letting us share a bit about you!  

If you’d like to reach out to Tami, here is Tami’s Contact Information.

Creative Spirits

Sioux Falls Location:1508 W. 41st St, Sioux Falls

Okoboji Location: 1709 Hill Ave, Spirit Lake

Sioux City, IA & Forest City, IA: Virtual Locations

Midwest Mobile Team:  We travel a 4-state area bringing the party to you!