Today we’d like to introduce you to Jami Booton.
Hi Jami, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Four years ago, I decided to leave the corporate world to become a stay-at-home mom raising my two sons. Although I enjoyed being home with them I realized I needed something for myself.
Last year, I made the exciting move and started my small business, Grow for Mother Earth, growing and selling rare plants and succulents. This was a passion of mine and something I shared with my boys. We grow everything together in our greenhouse and they love helping me especially when they get to use the watering can.
After a few events, I wanted to expand and include another product option. I then started hand-painting terracotta pots and jewelry trays!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Running a small business has definitely been a learning experience.
It took me a little while to make connections and find my niche. I had to discover the opportunities that were available, like the different markets and events that were being held in my area. I knew being a part of these events would help expand my business and get my name out there.
My biggest obstacle on this journey has been keeping up with social media. Being consistent at posting and marketing my small business has been a struggle for me. It’s something I’m trying to work on because I know social media is a huge asset to help expose and grow your business.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I started my small business growing and selling rare plants and succulents, but in the past few months, I’ve really focused on hand painting terracotta pots and jewelry trays. This is definitely now the main part of my business.
Each piece is special and painted at the moment. I hand select each pot, making sure there are no chips or scratches. I use acrylic paints and a gloss sealant on the outside for protection. I recently started making rain chains, which I’ve been really excited about!
I’m most proud of my journey and how I’m able to manage running my small business while raising my two boys full time who are four and two. There are never any breaks, but I’m really okay with that! I believe what sets my business apart from others is my uniqueness.
The combination between my plants and the designs of my pots is something you can’t overlook.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
Growing up in Maine.
My favorite childhood memory was going down to my grandmother’s house to pick flowers in her garden. She had so many garden beds with a variety of different flowers. I loved picking her daffodils, they were so beautiful.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.growformotherearth.com
- Instagram: @grow.for.mother.earth
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