We’ve been working on this small business for a few months now and we thought it would be nice to share a little bit more about who we are and why we do this. We figured we could give a peek behind the scenes, share some best practices and hopefully help out other folks who are chasing their dreams of being a business owner.
In this post, we’ll get to know a little bit more about Suzanne aka Wylde!
Q: What is your role at Wylde Oddities?
A: I guess a jack-of-all-trades really. I am responsible for sourcing items to sell, inventory, photographing, researching, marketing, website and customer service. The list is never-ending. One thing I’ve discovered as a small business owner is that we have to be flexible and willing to jump in and do whatever is needed.
Q: When did you start your business?
A: We bought our first storage unit on Sept 27th, 2021. We had no idea what we were doing and it was the biggest mess we have ever had to deal with. It ended up paying off, though! It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride since then.
Q: Why did you start your own business?
A: We had been kicking around the idea of having our own business for a few years but weren’t really sure what we wanted to do. We wanted something that would support us after my mother retires and so I could retire early, hopefully. When my mother started watching too much Storage Wars, she mentioned the idea to me and I ran with it. We purchased our first unit that weekend.
Q: How did you come up with the name of your business?
A: I didn’t! It was all Thomas. He is creative like that. He named the business Wylde Oddities after our gamer tags. We are both big nerds who love to play video games in our spare time. I am known as Wyldechylde and Thomas is TheOdd1. The names just seemed to fit.
Q: You said you’re both gamers, what games are you into?
A: I used to be a World of Warcraft gamer. I gave that up a few years ago but still like to play things like Assassin’s Creed, Final Fantasy and other RPG type games. I simply don’t have the time to play like I used to.
Q: What other things do you like to do?
A: I love to ride my Harley. I’m part of a women’s group that rides for different causes and just to have fun. I’m also a Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor. I teach basic courses on how to ride.
Q: Is Wylde Oddities your only job?
A: I hope that it will be one day but no. I do this part time while working a full time job as a corporate trainer. I teach management and new employee classes. It’s hard to give up a job that I love doing plus the benefits are really nice. The downside to being a small business owner would be having to provide your own health insurance.
Q: What is the most challenging thing you’re dealing with right now as a small business owner?
A: Space. We primarily sell online so we store all our inventory at home or in a storage unit of our own. When we bring home the fresh inventory, we have to put it somewhere until I can inventory, photograph and list it. My advice to anyone starting this, make sure to plan out your space before you start buying.
Q: What’s one thing you wish you didn’t have to do for the business?
A: List. I love sourcing for more items, bookkeeping and even the customer service part of it. The tedious part is taking the pictures and listing the products. One day I’m hoping to be able to afford to hire someone to do that part for me.
Q: What was the best piece of advice you ever received and would like to share?
A: Feedback is a gift. It’s natural for us to be defensive of our actions, ideas and work. When someone gives us critical feedback, we tend to put walls up and try to defend our point of view. Avoid doing that. Listen to the person giving feedback. You don’t have to agree with them but their opinion is a fresh one and can lend perspective to what others think. You can choose whether or not to take action on that feedback but always look at it as a gift.
If you have questions for Suzanne, feel free to leave them in the comments below and she will gladly answer them. You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more updates. Next post, we’ll get to know Thomas!