In our Meet the Maker series we get to know entrepreneurs who have pursued their dreams and launched a small business. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re shining a light on women Makers to hear what lessons they have learned along the way.
Nancy Rothner is the founder of Pinch Me Theraphy Dough. Nancy’s experience with holistic stress reduction compelled her to create a portable mood-shifter. Carefully curated aromas and calming hues help you refocus your attention by simply massaging this pliable therapy dough. Read on to learn more about her entrepreneurial journey.
What else do you like to make?
Anything healthy, especially recipes that are simple and delicious.
Any advice or words of wisdom for Makers just starting their businesses?
Go for it! Let your creativity flow and follow the momentum. Some days will be filled with joy, others will be filled with doubt, however each breakthrough leads to another, and another. The process will most likely be far more involved and demanding than ever imagined. My running joke is that it is stressful to be in the stress relieving dough business! I wouldn’t have it any other way though and have never regretting immersing myself into something that I truly love and believe in.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of starting a business?
Hearing stories from customers where Pinch Me has made a positive impact on their day to day life. Doesn’t get any better than that!
What has surprised you the most about starting a business?
A wise entrepreneur once told me to just pick any 18 hours a day I want to work, and I’m all set. I laughed when I first heard this, but have found those words to be true. It’s never ending, but a joy.
How do you get around creative blocks?
When I’m feeling stuck and not having much fun, I take a break. Typically then, new ideas and solutions start to flow.
How has your business changed since launching on The Grommet?
When I was first starting out I would frequently visit The Grommet page with hopes of somehow being part of this community. When the opportunity came, I knew it would be wonderful. The impact of their support has exceeded every expectation. Working with The Grommet community has opened up countless doors that I never dreamed of. They have been true to their mission and continue to go above and beyond.