We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Schmidt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
11 years ago, two big things happened that prompted me to start my own interior design business. I was working for a senior designer when the big housing market crash caused her to layoff her staff, putting me out of a job. In addition, I had just had a baby. Starting my own business gave me the flexibility of setting my own schedule and building my own clientele.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business has grown over the last 11 years 100% on referrals. I strive to create the best experience for each of my client projects. Remodeling a home is an extremely stressful situation to go through with so many decisions to make and a lot of money spent. I work hard to keep the project on time, on budget and make the process as easy as possible. I try to make it look easy but it isn’t. I’m always on call and with 2 kids at home, I struggle with work/life balance. 2 years ago, I started homeschooling my kids (11 +9 years old) which added a whole new element of stress. I’ve learned that I might never have real balance and that I cannot be great at everything at the same time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First of all, I would go straight to the beach. Oceanside, Carlsbad or Encinitas all have great sand and surf. Then to Pizza Port for beers and pizza. Then back to the beach for the sunset. Another day, we would go to the Safari Park (called Wild Animal Park or WAP when I was a kid). The afternoon would have to be at Orfila Winery where we would do some wine tasting. You can’t come to San Diego without visiting Petco Park for some baseball. But also just to take in the downtown scene. I’ve been wanting to try You & Yours Distilling Co. for drinks which is in the heart of the city.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to dedicate this shoutout to my Nana, who passed away earlier this year. She was an extremely important part of my life and always encouraging, supporting and praying for me. She is a big part of my success as an entrepreneur and designer.
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