March 14, 2018 6 min read
In honour of Women's History Month, we wanted to feature women who inspire us. These entrepreneurs turned problems and passions into a successful business. We hope their stories inspire you to create or grow businesses and lives that you can truly love.
In our second installment we interviewed Rachel, the Founder of Make Lemonade, a co-working space for women to dream, create, collaborate and get sh*t done.
“I’d always known I wanted to be an entrepreneur - my parents were entrepreneurs and they ran their own company for 33 years. They provided a lot of inspiration for my brother and I and that was just something I always wanted to live up to. “
Rachel: One of the coolest things when I opened was that, for a long time, I was anonymous on Instagram. So, I would be connecting with a lot of people on Instagram but we’d kind of just have little conversations and one of the coolest moments was just being able to actually connect with, they almost seemed like fictional characters. You only know people by their Instagram handles and then you meet them in real life; those were really some special moments.
I also really love how every day is a little bit different. One of the most exciting, and recent things, is that we also launched our blog so that’s been really cool to have that out in the world and the coolest thing about that is that it’s actually completely managed by our team here at Make Lemonade!
"So, you can always change, you can always switch, we’re curious beings and we’re allowed to do more than one thing at once. We’re allowed to switch jobs, we’re allowed to move countries, we’re allowed to keep on changing and growing."
Rachel: This is something that I haven’t shared but I’ve thought about it a lot! Almost 10 years ago I was at a family Christmas party and I met this old neighbour and he was asking me what I was doing now and I said I was studying New Media at Ryerson and his response was, “Oh, well you can always switch.” At the time, I was really offended by that and I was like, “I’m going to show him! I’m going to create something so good and be like ‘look at what I did with my degree!’” and what I’ve learned from what he said is to stop thinking that just because you’re doing this one thing right now, doesn’t mean you need to do it forever.
So, you can always change, you can always switch, we’re curious beings and we’re allowed to do more than one thing at once. We’re allowed to switch jobs, we’re allowed to move countries, we’re allowed to keep on changing and growing. I know that’s not what he intended [when he said that] but I really held onto it.
Rachel: I don’t really know that I have one of those things yet that I just love to do but I do love to just be able to hang out with my friends. I have this nerdy beer-club with a couple of my friends and that’s one of my favourite things and we don’t do it often enough. I love riding my bike too.
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