Calling this Dreamer a Renaissance woman would be a
vast understatement. Jolene is an event planner, an innkeeper, and
a reporter, but that's just on a slow day.
When did you start your business?
What were you doing (careerwise) when you decided to create your
Writing and property management.
What inspired you to do this?
Serendipity, along with a property and a dream too amazing to
How did you turn your idea into a business plan?
I am a creator and a visionary with a strong belief in “wicked
good” serendipity. My passion is hospitality -- and vintage and
bungalows. What better mix? I just formed a framework of an idea
and began moving quickly, and the bungalow decor and vision was a
What was your start-up cost? How did you get the money and what
did you use it for?
The total start-up was from a life savings ... from years of
What was the biggest obstacle?
Rezoning properties and getting my ideas onto paper for the web
pages of each specific part of my business.
Did your friends and family support your dream?
They go with me on this, for I am generally fearless and hugely
optimistic in my endeavors. Some will fail, others will soar, is
what I feel. Life is to be lived, no?
How did you maintain your confidence when doors were closed in
your face, when people didn’t get it or said “no”?
“No” is a driving force that leads me to find an answer or
How long did it take for your business to become a
The guest bungalow was opened in three months. The night of the
grand opening, while the cables for television were being
installed, the first guests arrived. Oh, but the pictures they
took! The year was quite remarkable.
What's the hardest part of what you do?
Setting any sort of limitations for the guests, from accommodations
to their requests. I'm one who naturally thrives on offering
What's the most fun part of what you do?
Meeting people and embracing vintage!
Where do you work from?
I work from a variety of my own offices, the bungalows, and the
road -- the notepad and laptop follow. I am a person in constant
motion. I usually sleep only four hours a night.
Do you have employees?
Yes, my planners and partners each partake of a percentage of
How have you been using social media to grow your
I’m a networking maven!
Do you have entrepreneurial role models? What’s so inspiring
I adore Martha Stewart, naturally. I also admire those individuals
who take on the day and are fearless, as well as those who do
something that gives back to those who are plagued with disease of
the mind, heart, soul, or body.
How did you learn and acquire the skills you use to make your
business successful? How do you continue to grow and learn?
Property management is the experience backdrop. I am always growing
and seeking new experiences -- it’s never-ending!
What's the best piece of business advice you ever
“I am not afraid ... I was born to do this.” -- Joan of Arc
If you had it to do over again, what, if anything, would you do
Get a crystal ball to foresee the economic slump that is impacting
so many business and personal incomes!
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