We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyla Dahrling and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyla, can you talk to us about the impact the Covid-19 Crisis has had on your business.
Yes it has – we are still getting orders from our retail customers, which is great and we truly appreciate the support of our business during these weird times. However, we’ve all had to quarantine which means our fulfillment and shipping is all done by one single person at a time and we are working hard to keep up with demand. We all work remotely most of the time anyway, but now it truly is a one-woman show in the office most days! The Tiny Trucker hustle is real.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
How the business started? I worked in pharmaceutical sales for 12 years, and after having my second child, I found it hard to juggle a full time career and being a mom. My husband traveled a lot for business and the juggling act of trying to balance both worlds became really difficult. I tried to go part time but my company denied it because my sales numbers weren’t to goal when I was on maternity leave. I was in the top 10 percent my entire career, so I felt like I was being forced to choose between my career and my kids. So, after they denied my part time position, I quit my job. My kids will always come first. I tried to find part time work when I was staying at home but there wasn’t much out there. I realized that this was a recurring theme amongst a lot of my stay at home mom friends. They felt forced to choose between their work and their children. I would hear, “who is going to hire me from 9am-2pm”, “I would love to work remotely but I can’t find anything”, etc. So one day, I woke up with a fire in my belly and decided that I wanted to create my own. I wanted to provide more opportunities for women who want to stay at home but also provide for their family. Around this time, my daughter started pulling at her hair when she was frustrated and created a little bald spot on her head. I tried to cover it with bows and eventually started looking for cute hats but there wasn’t much out there, so I decided to start creating my own. My friends started asking me to create hats for their kids and everything naturally evolved into a business. That’s when Tiny Trucker Co was born. We are 100% owned and operated by women and we are all so supportive of one another. I love what we’ve created!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Wine Country in Temecula is one of our favorite spots! Be sure to pop into Ponte or Robert Renzoni for lunch and then hit Doffo, Peltzer and Wilson Creek for wine tasting.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my husband, Cara, Megan and Amanda for your continuous love and support! There’s no way I could do this without you guys!
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