We are so inspired by moms who create their own successful businesses. Lisa Zakar is a wife and mother of three who created a popular Princess Tea Party venue. In this sponsored guest post, Lisa shares her story of how she built her business and how she’s on a mission to help other moms create their own “weekend businesses”.
This is the story of how a mother of three started a weekend business that not only brought in extra part time income, it let her stay a full time mom.
In the beginning, my life was probably much like yours is today. I had high hopes and dreams, but no prior business experience. I was falling behind, but life wasn’t waiting for me to catch up.
I was a youngish mother of 3, experiencing doubts about my ability to balance a strict 9-5 with managing a young family. Sound familiar?
In reality, I wasn’t so concerned about my ability to handle it. Somehow you do it. It had everything to do with desire.There are plusses and minuses with everything. In looking down the road though, this was only going to get tougher.
The anxiety was all too real when I realized I could actually miss out on the kids going through their stages and growing up. The thought of showing up too late was what I couldn’t handle.
I wanted to be involved all the way because I believe that if you do a poor job raising your kids, nothing else really matters. Managing their social media was challenging enough. It wasn’t going to replace me.
But we needed a second income too. I needed an ideal work situation.
We were hoping I could find something to bring in an extra $20,000 a year. At first glance it seems very doable, and it is. But, most things come with strings attached which make them less attractive, especially when it involves working for someone else.
I decided to take the plunge and become a “Mompreneur.” That is, a mother in business for herself, managing her own time, making her own decisions with family at the center of her life.
We didn’t have a great deal of money to risk and, quite honestly, I didn’t want to completely re-invent the wheel. I was just bound and determined to do it better.
I chose what turned out to be the best business idea ever for moms and women who love children, The Princess Tea Party Business.
In tapping into the enormous birthday party industry, my job in this niche is, to this day, to help a little girl’s princess dream come true. Pure and simple. Having daughters of my own, I knew this was a winning concept. What I didn’t know was that it would become the joy of my business life and mean so much to my family’s well- being.
My first store opened after about a year of preparation with less than $20,000 invested. I never had so much fun preparing for anything. That was the tip off for what was to come. Every business has it’s rhythm in terms of demand, and I had to go through a lot of trial and error with advertising, different packages to offer, what food to serve, when to hire help, etc. There was no one there to hold my hand or a guidebook I could buy with step by step instructions.
I had to figure it out as I went along. In retrospect it is pretty simple, although it didn’t always seem like it at the time. Being in Honolulu, we asked a Hawaiian “Kahu” to bless our space before opening our doors. It gave me such a warm feeling of comfort and protection which has stood the test of time.
I have to admit I was nervous when my first party of 8 little 5 year olds showed up with expectations sky high. This was it. I’ll either be the talk of their kindergarten class (not to mention Starbucks) or, I would go the way of your average backyard clown.
I must have nailed it because word spread quickly about this great new children’s party place in town. My bookings began to stabilize and our investment was returned within the first 18 months. I’m still in the same location and have never looked back.
That was 17 years ago. Since then I’ve added a location in North Carolina and between the two stores, we’ve made over 5,000 little princess dreams come true and generated more than $2,000,000 in total revenue from a weekend business!
I’m not saying you’ll become a millionaire from a weekend Princess Tea Party business, but you can see that my $20,000 investment has turned out to be much more than ever expected. My kids have graduated college and I’ve been there for just about every milestone moment in their lives. Knock on wood they are good kids.
The business also been a rock when the sands of life were moving under our feet. I’m not saying it is immune to hard times, but much less so. Birthdays happen once a year, but they come every year. Like the Swallows at Capistrano, they faithfully return.
I have learned that most young girls between the ages of 4 and 9 want to be princesses, and, their parents are only too happy to try and make that dream come true. It makes the role of my business all the more valuable.
Over the years I have added services and additional revenue streams such as Children’s Etiquette classes, re-fashioned clothing and others, making the business even more lucrative.
My newest effort is to help women who are looking for an opportunity like this to bring in extra income and more.
From 17 years in business, I have developed a “Business in a Box” to help anyone get off and running quickly, minimizing trial and error, and enhancing the likelihood of your success.
It is the hand to hold when you need it. I put it in the form of the step by step handbook I wished I’d had, plus the digital tools you need to help you operate with a professional presence.
If you enjoy children and are looking for a simple and proven way to create family income while staying a full time mom, then the Princess Tea Party “Business in a Box.” Is for you.
To Your Success!
Lisa Zakar is a wife and mother of 3. She is the owner of Lisa Rose, a popular Princess Tea Party venue. She has a 17 year track record in the Princess Tea Party business. Lisa had a 10 year history in higher end retail with Nordstrom before launching her business.
Lisa Rose is an award winning party venue with Best of Honolulu/children’s parties/Honolulu Magazine, and, Winner of Best Children’s Parties/Island Parent Magazine. Lisa Rose has locations in Honolulu and Cornelius, North Carolina.