Meet an Idea Girl: Bailey Cochran

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Meet Bailey, the 6-year-old from Detroit, MI that decided that Chapstick wasn't cutting it and that the world needs a new type of lip balm. After perfecting her signature lip balm, Bailey is currently working on expanding her company to create nail polish, fanny packs, and more. Read on for our interview with her.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?

Singing, dancing, and going to Target with my Mom. I take Hip-Hop dance classes and also enjoy acting.

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM JOB?

I want to work at Justice someday.

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON.

Be Balm is a lip balm created to inspire young girls to BeBold, BeBrave, BeBeautiful, BeYou and BeBalm

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR IDEA?

My mommy did when I was little. I said “I wish I had my own chap stick”, so we decided to make our own.

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WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?

Any help with marketing and branding would be greatly appreciated. We also love any support we can get.

WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?

We started out making the lip balm in our kitchen in the beginning. After one year of trying to get the consistency and flavor right, we invested in a chemist and private labeler.

WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?

I have met a lot of new friends.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?

Go for it. Be fearless, have fun, be patient and AIM HIGH!!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?

“Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change”

 

You have an idea, now what?

"I have an idea! Can you help me?" This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get at Girls With Ideas. Our curriculum discusses in depth about how to do just that for girls in grades 4th-8th grade.  You can get it HERE!  

However, we wanted to help you take that idea from your head and make it a reality so we are doing a mini blog series with tips on how to make your idea happen no matter your age! 

Step 1: Do Your (Market) Research

The very first thing you should do when you have an idea is to research if someone else is working on your idea! You may find that someone has already started an organization or business that you would rather support or help then start your own business. If you find someone is doing what you want you to do and you feel they are doing it well, its okay to support another person rather than just do your own idea! You can contact that organization and business and see how you can help or provide them some ideas to make their idea even better!

Some good examples of this are non-profit organizations. Say you want to help tutor kids after school. Before you start your own non-profit tutoring program, see what ones are out there. If there is one that you feel is doing things well it may be better to support and amplify their program rather than start your own. If nothing else, starting by volunteering for that program could give you insight and ideas on what is needed to run a program well and you can always start your own later if you feel that you could have a program that does things differently. 

You should also do market research to see if you idea is something that people want. You can research online to find out if people are buying a similar product or service, how much they pay for it, and what competitors you would have. You can also go to the library and ask the librarian to help you find market research reports on certain industries to help get these numbers.  

Time to start researching! 

 

Step 2. Interview People About Your Idea 

The second step to making your idea happen is talking to people about it! It's important to talk to people about what you want to do because

  • they may have ideas or resources to help you. 
  • you can get feedback on your ideas. 
  • it shows if there is an interest in what you are doing. 
  • it's a lot easier to do things with the support of other people! 

What should you ask people? 

In the startup world, people often call talking to others customer discovery. This process allows you to learn about your potential customers, clients, or users. You want to ask people questions that get at if your idea solves a problem they have, if it is something they would be excited about, and also to gain insight on your potential customers.

So if you wanted to start a tutoring program in your community you could ask questions about how people currently get help with school, what subjects they need help with the most, what kind of things help them learn, who they best learn from, if they would pay for tutoring, how much work they do outside of school hours etc.

1. Conduct a Survey

One way that you can get information from other people is to conduct an online survey. This is a good way to get quick responses from a lot of people. It is also helpful because you can compare people's answers to the same questions. Make sure to ask about people's age, gender, and location (city or state) in the survey if that information is helpful to you later when looking at their answers. 

However, if you put a survey out on social media you may get mostly friends, family, or people you know. They may know about your idea and be more nice than honest with your survey so it's important to keep that in mind. It's also important because of this, to make sure to send your survey to people you don't know! You can email groups in your community to pass it on to their members or ask your friends to send it on to people they know.

Three online survey services that are easy to use to make your survey include: 

2. Talk to People! 

Another way to interview people about your idea is to talk to them face-to-face!  This can be intimidating but it is the best way to get information because you can ask follow-up questions and see people's body language when giving answers to gage their sincerity. 

 The key to doing this is to come with a list of questions and ask the same questions to all the people you interview.  It is best to record the interview so you don't have to take notes and be engaged in the conversation. Then you can listen to the conversation back and write down their answers. This is more time intensive then a survey but it gives you more rich information and allows you to ask follow-up questions. 

Stay tuned for additional tips on how to organize all of the information you collected and use it in a meaningful way! 

If you have questions about market research or talking to people about your idea, email us at hello@girlswithideas.com - we would love to help you! 

 

Meet an Idea Girl: Simone Bridges

Simone, an 11-year-old from Jacksonville, FL, took her love for baking and started her very own company. She started baking with her grandmother when she was just a toddler, and decided that she wanted to continue that passion and also use her talents to create an organization to empower other girls. Read below for our interview with her.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?

Of course baking is my favorite hobbies, but I also enjoy many other things. I love to play basketball. My sister, Jasmine, is a really awesome basketball player and we play basketball together a lot. I really like singing and dancing too. I create my own songs and dances. Some of the songs are about food. I have one song called Snicker Brownies Save Lives and one called Very Berry Strawberry. 

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM JOB?

My ultimate dream is to own my own chain of bakeries and restaurants. Also, I would love to cook for Beyonce’s children. 

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON.

My non-profit organization, Goddess Girlz, empowers girls of all ages to believe in themselves and to pursue their dreams. I bring in entrepreneurs, speakers, and anyone else who wants to help the girls. We have vision board parties at the end of each year to help the girls with their vision before the new year begins.


Right now, the project that I’m working on is my show, “Goals to Reality: A Kid Chef’s Journey.” I’m telling my story of my path to entrepreneurship in a fun-filled, theatrical way. I think that kids everywhere need to know that they can turn their hobbies into a business. The only thing they have to do is set a goal, work hard, and prioritize; REPEAT! Another fun project that I have is my recipe book. Right now, it’s untitled but it has some really great easy-to-make treats in it. I can’t wait until it’s finished.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR IDEA?

That’s a long story, but I started by baking with my grandma Phyllis. She’s a baker and she would always let me lick the spoons when I was three years old. Then, I started helping her bake. When I was five, my parents bought me an Easy Bake oven for Christmas and then I baked treats for my cousins. I was already adding other ingredients and making the dishes my own. With more practice, my skills increased. This past Christmas, I told my parents that I wanted my own store. Voila! Now I have my own store called Goddess Food Factory. I sell all kinds of desserts. We sell baking products too, like aprons, chef hats, t-shirts, mittens, and more.

WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?

The biggest challenge so far is to get sponsorship for all of the things that I want to do for other children. Some of them don’t have the money like I do to help make their dreams come true. So I try to encourage and teach them to do the things that they can do for right now and to keep working hard. I always tell them to never give up on their dreams.

WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?

The best thing that has happened to me is seeing so many of my friends have a love for cooking and creating their own businesses. I’m so proud of them. Plus, I get to meet so many other children and hear about their goals. Some other great things include, being featured on greenbookmag.com, interviewed by excitementradio.com, Lavish Moments Live, being a contestant on Chef’s Angels, and being able to travel on my tour inspiring other boys and girls. I will also be featured in an upcoming July magazine issue of Inspire Magazine.

WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?

I still need help with gathering resources, speakers, and sponsors for other children, especially girls. I want them to achieve their dreams too. For me, I would like to have my own mascot one day. If you know anyone who makes professional mascot costumes, that would help me out so much. Plus, keep telling people about my business, so they’ll know who I am and what I do.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?

My best advice to young girls would be to set a goal today and immediately start working on it. Do something every day to make your business grow. Every little bit of work and help counts. Plus, they need to remember that this is their business and they are responsible for making it a success. I also want them to know that it’s okay to ask for help. Friends, family, and companies will help them. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?

“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -Winnie the Pooh

If you know a girl with a story like Simone's, nominate her to be our next featured idea girl using this link.

Cool School Supplies From Amazon

It's that time of year again! It's time to stock up on school supplies for the Idea Girl in your life. There will be the standard things you need to buy like paper, glue, and colored pencils. However, if you can take a few items on the list and make them fun, it can add some happiness and productivity to her day! Below are our picks for school supplies from Amazon so you can simply click on them to order and have them shipped straight to your house!


Pencils

We love pencils that provide motivation, compliments, and great scents! 


PEns

If she can use pens at school we highly recommend these inspirational ones, we love the way they write. We also love this Mad Men inspired pen that she can wear as a necklace and also use when needed! 


Desk Accessories 

Make homework time a little more enticing with these cool items for her desk. 


Sticky Notes 

Sticky notes are a great way for her to study, keep track of her to-do list, make flashcards, and brainstorm. 

Knock Knock It's All Good Sticky Note Packet (12709)
$13.50
Knock Knock (Office Products)
DC Comics Wonder Woman Sticky Notes Booklet
$8.95
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild

Locker Flair

Help her make her own little space at school one that she is proud of! 


Notebooks

She will be more likely to take notes in a notebook that inspires her. 


Bags

We love these cool and functional bags that will help your idea girl stay organized! 


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Meet an Idea Girl: Jammy Girl

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Meet Zori, AKA Jammy Girl, who took her hobby of making soap into a real business. The 12-year-old from Conway, SC was inspired by the fact that she feels the most relaxed when she smells good and feels clean. Based on her own experiences, Zori wants to inspire others to pursue all goals despite any obstacles they may have. Read on for our interview with her.

WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN?

I take dance classes and spend a lot of time swimming in the river by my house and boating. I also like playing video games, doing flips in the yard, and making my bath products.

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON

I make bath and beauty products. I call myself "Jammy Girl" because I like making soap while in my PJ's. My mom just ordered me some brighter colors for my bath bombs, which are my favorite product to make. As soon as the colors get here, I will be making lots and lots of bath bombs.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS IDEA?

My mom is a woodworker and makes wood products for soapers like soap dishes, displays, cutters, and soap molds. Since I like to spend a lot of time with my mom, when she is on soaping Facebook pages I like the pretty pictures and figured I could do that too. My first product was soap cupcakes.

WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?

https://www.jammygirl.net/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/JammyGirl/about/?ref=page_internal

https://www.instagram.com/soapandsoothebyjammygirl/

WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?

Talking to people at the shows and events I do has been a big challenge. I have a lot of anxiety and I am very shy. Taking online acting classes have helped a lot. My mom paid for the first 5 classes and I paid for 4 more with my own money. Also, my mom and I practice a lot. I think because I'm in the farmer's market now and vend two times a week, I've gottenused to talking to people about my business.

WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?

My business is an LLC now and I have both a business license and a retail license. My mom trademarked my name and I am starting my very own pajama line.

WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?

I would love to get more people to buy from my website and not just in person.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?

Keep working and overcome all your obstacles.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?

My three tag lines: #ADOPTIONROCKS #CRUSHLIFESOBSTACLESWITHME #CHOOSEGREATNESS

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM JOB?

I want to own a bath and beauty product shop.

If you know a girl with a story like Zori's, nominate her to be our next featured idea girl using this link.