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The Owner of JessicaLynnOriginal

Hi, my name is Jessica Lynn. I am an artist, a business owner, Professor of Entrepreneurism at a Milwaukee based University, an Etsy store owner, a YouTuber, a mom, and a loving wife. I am based out of Wisconsin.

HOW I STARTED

I started my first business when I was four or five. It was a Kool-Aid stand that my Dad taught me how to run. We went to the grocery store, and he showed me the list of items I needed to run the stand. It was your basics, you know. Sugar, cups, Kool-Aid, etc. My original thought was this was going to be really easy. After twenty minutes of explaining all of the types of sugar and their costs, I realized that a lot of pieces went into making the drink affordable and making money. I knew I wanted good sugar so my customers would be happy, but I realized I could save on the cups and get plain, not fancy ones. (they get thrown away anyway). We stood in the store, adding up my costs and figuring out how much each one had to cost to make any money and make it worth my time. It was one of the most striking lessons I ever got from him. After a few weeks of making money with my stand, I decided the cups were too plain and needed something, so I started drawing on them. I should have known then that stamps and art would be my thing, but I didn't. (hindsight is 20/20) All the kids love my silly drawings (my art is much better than it was then.. ).

It was such a fantastic gift that I am forever thankful to him for. It was the gift of learning how to use your talents to make money for your family, being resourceful with your gifts, and having a great understanding of fundamental small business.

MY COMPANY

In my twenties, I tried to submit my art to a bunch of established rubber stamp companies. They told me it was nice, but we hire professionals who do this for a living. I felt they had given me the middle finger and wished me away. It was one of the rudest groups I had ever dealt with. Now they are not ALL like that, but it wasn't something I was expecting. Toughened up and tried again, but to no prevail. The boss was a great friend at the time, and I told her what I was trying to do. She said... "Why not just start your own company." It was like someone had hit me with a hammer; DUH, it was always my dream to own my own business. I was an entrepreneur before it was "cool". I took one hundred dollars of my share funds with my husband Aaron, and we did it. We started JessicaLynnOriginal.com Rubber Stamps. I started JLMould.etsy.com as a sister company to use for advertising and to get more practice with my custom stamp designing. All of that was back in 2005, so we fast forward twelve years later and have had some fantastic experiences.

We have been featured in: Oprah Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, CardMaker's Magazine Twice (Spring & Winter 2016), First To Find Geocaching Magazine, Voted 4th Best Crafting Business in Milwaukee Alist, Fox 6's Real Milwaukee (TV), Joy (the movie), Part of the Oscar's Grab Bags (2012), Pugfest, PetExpo, Channel 10 Auctions, Crafts Shows, and More. Visit our Press page for more information.

WHATS NEXT?

I have always wanted to move my company to the "next level" and that next step. I have spent the past few years teaching and educating college-aged students (at a University) about being an Entrepreneur and how to run their own businesses. I am building my YouTube channel with Art, Adventures, and fun! I love to be creative and be able to just be me!

ABOUT ME & MY FAMILY

I am very blessed. I have been married to my love for 20 years and together for 25!! We have two amazing little girls, and I love everything I am. They are intelligent and loving, and the best part is I get to spend my life watching them grow, love, help, and be such great people. The whole family packs up orders, and sometimes my daughters like to send along their "thank you" notes. Remember, when you buy from a small business, you are helping us part those surprise bills, dance class, or save away for their college. So it really means a lot that you choose to work with me. I take this company and my role as owner and artist very seriously.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. I can not WAIT to see what you create with our stamps.

I look forward to getting to know you too!

Jessica Lynn