As part of our series highlighting military spouse entrepernuers this month we interviewed two military spouses, Jessa and Brittany, about running their own business. You can find Divas and Dudes Design on Etsy. They also have a facebook page.
When did you start business? January 2017
What made you start your own business? We both had careers that we left when our husbands received overseas orders. While in Japan we were both were blessed to become mothers and were looking for an option that allowed us to stay home, have a purpose, and financially contribute to our families.
What products do you make? How did you decide on that? We make custom children clothing because we wanted to share the products we made for or own kids. Now we are starting to branch into adult clothing,
What is the favorite piece that you have worked on? Our military homecoming shirts.
Your favorite motivational quote?
Jessa: “Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.” (Albert Einstein)
Brittany: “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” (Vincent van Gogh)
Favorite thing to do?
Jessa: DIY projects, I love to redo furniture
Brittany: Cooking with my son
Favorite place to live?
Jessa: New Jersey
Where are you originally from?
Jessa: New Jersey
Favorite place you have PCS’d to?
Jessa: Okinawa, Japan
Brittany: Okinawa, Japan
Favorite thing to do at your current duty station?
Jessa: Hiking in Joshua Tree
Brittany: Trips to San Diego
Best perk of military life for you?
Jessa: The ability to be a stay at home mom
Brittany: Seeing the world, and traveling.
Favorite adventure you have been on thanks to the military?
Jessa: Traveling to Thailand, Korea and Taipei
Brittany: Traveling to Thailand
How do people contact you for orders? Etsy, our Facebook page, and personally
How often do you change your stock/options? We constantly add new designs to the shop and always accept custom orders.
What is your website?
Do you have a favorite app?
Jessa: FaceTime, best way to keep in touch with family.
What is your number one tip to give to fellow military spouses who want to start their own business?Don’t be afraid to make the leap, but make sure to do you research. If you decide to do a partnership make sure to work with someone that you have a great friendship with, have fun with and can clearly communicate with.
Do you offer military discount? Large group discount? We do not offer a military discount but we do offer a bulk order discount. We run promotions on our social media page.