We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Raymond and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jen, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve worked in Corporate America my whole career. In 2017, I had just given birth to our first child and after two days of returning to work from my Maternity leave, I was let go. Our company had hired too many people and had to cut the newer employees. I was devastated. I had to decide if I was going to get back into the workforce again or pursue my dream of owning my own business. I chose the latter. I invested $2,500 into marketing, education, supplies, equipment and packaging and told myself that failure was not an option. I wanted to create something that I could be proud of, I wanted to stand for something. I knew I had to go all in and at no point did I consider quitting. I think that mentality is what’s gotten me here now; to a business that is on track to be a six figure company in 2020.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve never considered myself an artist. I have NO graphic design background. I would say that I’ve always been pretty creative but just never knew how to apply my ideas and visions to something bigger. When I made this decision to create a brand, I wanted to also create a place where no matter what your background was, job title, if you’re a parent or not, whatever your style is or your beliefs; that you’re welcome here! My mission statement is “Come as you are”. Diversity is what makes us so special and I’m not a fan of “cookie cutter” ideas and mentalities. I like people who are willing to shake things up. To question the norm. To be vulnerable and real. None of this has been easy. I think that’s what sets certain business owners apart. You have to have passion for what you do or you will fail. I’ve seen it happen so many times to people who go into business for themselves. It’s not easy because it’s not supposed to be. Success is measured in how much you work and how many days you get up and put in 110%.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Oh, I LOVE DFW! There is so many wonderful things to do in the Metroplex! Downtown Dallas has some of the most spectacular hotels and nightlife but Fort Worth has my heart. From W. 7th to the Stockyards. The botanic garden in Downtown and the Fort Worth Zoo are all must sees! Anything on the trinity river is going to be a good time.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, there has been so many people who have helped me throughout this journey. First, my husband Jason who has stepped in without hesitation to take care of our two sons whenever I needed to work. Who has supported and believed in me every step of the way. He’s never for one moment thought that this was going to fail because he knew I was capable and deserved more. To my good friends (you all know who you are) who have not only made numerous purchases throughout the years but who have supported this little venture of mine since day 1. To Derrick and Christina Darby for being my number 1 supporters. Whether it’s photographing merch, spreading the word about The Modern Rebels our just slowly allowing our clothing to take over their closet. I’m pretty sure both of them and their sweet son, Cooper own at least one of everything I sell. Last but certainly not least, my two sons. They are my drive, my motivation. What gets me up every single morning to hustle the day away. I wanted more for them. A Mom who was not only present for all of the little moments of their lives but also an example of hard work and never giving up. I want them to know that if this Mama can start a business from the ground up at 33. They can do anything!
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