Throughout the years I have had the privilege and honor of working with the most fabulous women entrepreneurs. It didn’t make sense for me to keep them all to myself so I am excited to launch a new blog called, “I’d like you to meet…”
Each week I will introduce you to an amazing female entrepreneur that is pursuing her passion as a FT, PT or side gig business owner. She may even be able to offer you a product or service you need or can offer up some sound advice to help you grow your business.
Without further ado, I would like you to meet Jennifer. I met Jennifer years ago as we have both been Stella & Dot Ambassadors for a long time! About a month ago we were able to connect on a bit deeper level (business wise) when she signed up to be one of my first Branding on a Budget clients! We worked together to nail down her visual identity for her personal brand which encompasses her Stella & Dot business, james + jean.
Name & Business Name
Jennifer Hutzel, james + jean
Where can we find you online?
How long have you been doing your business?
I just celebrated 10 years in June!
Tell us a little about you and your background?
I am a wife to my husband Jonathan (we celebrate 15 years this Fall), a mother of two (my business name is actually their middle names & are a symbol of strength, grace & grit for me), I have a full time career in Nashville in the music industry working for the oldest business management firm in town and I am lover of all things that accessorize your life! I grew up with a strong willed, independent mother who loved jewelry! So, naturally, I fell in love with jewelry as well! Stella & Dot is the perfect marriage of both accessories & women empowerment so it’s just the most perfect fit into my lifestyle!
What prompted you to start your business?
I had my first born in the fall of 2010 and for months I searched for something that I could do on the side, something that was just for me. Summer 2011 came along and I attended a trunk show, fell in love with the stunning Pegasus Necklace and two weeks later enrolled with S&D without asking a single question! I just knew that S&D was for me and here I am 10 years later! I definitely started for the jewelry (and the discount, duh) but I have stayed around for the wonderful community! Stella & Dot is full of inspirational women from all walks of life & I am better because of them!
Who is your target client?
I don’t have a target client. If I can help the everyday woman accessorize her life with either a one-of-a-kind design or a prestige clean skincare regimen or a side gig that can bring in extra income for her family, that’s a win.
What does your typical morning look like?
Coffee. More coffee. LOL. I’m an early riser! I’m typically in my office by 7:30 am!
What is one piece of advice you’d give to other small business owners/early entrepreneurs?
Make your business YOURS. Don’t try & replicate someone else. Be authentically YOU!