Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Alotaibi.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Laura. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I had an idea to start a business about two years ago but I was a teacher and couldn’t think about leaving the profession. Fast forward to August 2018, I made the decision to stay home with my kids and pursue my dream of owning my own business! I have been working on Venues N More for about two months now, and it is a fully functioning website that represents over 30 area small businesses. The website is a party marketplace that allows parents to easily search and book a party or venue space.
The idea for Venues N More came from my frustrations of booking a party for my triplets. I was working full time and found it hard to call venues during business hours when planning their birthday party. I thought there must be a better way to book birthday parties and when I didn’t find one, I created a solution myself!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road to launching Venues N More! When you’re a start-up, you struggle with name recognition. Some businesses won’t open emails or take phone calls simply because they don’t know who you are. For every “yes” I get, it is balanced with ten “no’s” and rejections. My advice: surround yourself with positive people who believe in your mission and more importantly: don’t give up!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Venues N More (Venuesnmore.com) story. Tell us more about the business.
Venues N More is an online marketplace that has listings for birthday parties, venue spaces, party talent, catering, and more! Everything you need to plan the perfect party is at your fingertips! Think of Venues N More when you have an upcoming party, shower, meeting and more, we have the perfect space for you!
What sets us apart from others is the ability to search, book a party, and communicate with the owner by using only one website! It saves you time and it is convenient. You can think of us as the AIrbnb of parties!
I am most proud of starting the business from only an idea to building a trusted company in two short months! It takes hard work and dedication, but these are traits I have learned from being a teacher of ten years!
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t think luck has play a role in my business! It takes hard work and dedication, that is something that luck won’t bring you.
- Website: www.venuesnmore.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/venuesnmore/
- Facebook: facebook.com/bookvenuesnmore
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/venuesnmore
- Other: https://medium.com/venues-n-more/building-launching-a-marketplace-for-birthday-parties-ec56ce3ad959
Laura Courtney Photography