Shea Gouldd began selling from Shea’s Bakery when she was 14. She made a cake for a friend in 2008, and before she knew it, she had thirty more orders in a short period before Thanksgiving. From this point, Gouldd started selling her product as a true business. Recently she was voted the best bakery in her town, and young entrepreneur of the year from the Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Gouldd bakes a variety of sweet treats, such as wedding cakes, pies, cupcakes, cheesecakes, and even cake pushup pops!
Gouldd was recently interviewed by the National Federation of Independent Business. In her interview, she was asked to give her advice to others who may have ideas for businesses but who haven’t yet decided to take the next step. Gouldd unequivocally states that people should not be afraid of failure, and that her case is not an extraordinary one. She says that she doesn’t believe she was extraordinary in her idea; rather, it was because she decided to act on it that she succeeded.
She also said not to be afraid to work hard. She balanced this business in the midst of also completely highschool, and she had to forgo some social events to invest in her business. But she is now able to see the payoffs in the forms of her success. She has also enjoyed being able to contribute to the local economy by hiring employees.
You can click here to visit the webpage where the video of her interview is posted, if you want to hear more about Shea Gouldd and her young business!