We sat down with Tracy Fortin, Founder of Flawless Interiors and current PeerSpark™ participant to learn more about her business, what she has gained from the program and what it takes to work with your spouse every day.
Q: Tracy, tell us more about your business.
A: I once heard my job described as a conductor of a highly aesthetic orchestra. I love that – and it’s so true. Really what we do, is take people’s needs and wants as they relate to their home or office spaces and turn them into plans that can be implemented. Our clients are super busy and don’t have time to be running around from supplier to supplier to determine what will function and look the best in their space. So whether they are renovating an entire home, building a brand new home or remodeling an office – we take that stress off of them right from the start all the way to the finish. From permit ready architectural drawings to the last placed accessory – we make sure their design projects are done right.
Q: What was the biggest challenge you faced as you started to grow?
A: By far, knowing when the right time to hire has been the biggest challenge, and still is. Getting comfortable with making mistakes helps.
Q: What advice do you have for those looking to run a business with their spouse?
A: Get really clear on each of your roles right from the start. Define expectations and be sure to hold to each other accountable.
Q: How did you find out about AWE?
I attended a Learning Day event and met an AWE staff person who was promoting the PeerSpark™ program. I knew it was exactly what I needed at that time for my businesss.
Q: What is your biggest take away from PeerSpark™?
A: Being the architect of your own life takes fearlessness and a vision for your life plan. You have to believe you can achieve and on the days that you don’t, have people in your corner who can believe for you. That’s what PeerSpark™ is. We were all in similar places emotional even though our businesses varied so greatly. We are constantly lifted each other up and motivating each other to keep going.
Q: Who do you go to for advice?
A: Well aside from my PeerSpark™ ladies, I read a lot. There are so many inspiring books that have kept me excited about both running a business and the design industry. My most recent favorite book is called “In the Company of Women” by Grace BonneyIt’s filled with inspirational advice from female entrepreneurs around the globe. I also have other friends who run their own businesses – so it’s a hazard of being an entrepreneur that we are constantly taking to each other about ways to do business better.
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