Dried lemons beautifully crafted in a mason jar. No added sugars, artificial flavours, or colours. Just lemons! Perfect to add to a hot cup of tea, a cocktail drink, a glass of sparkling water, or to your next recipe for a zesty surprise. They make for a gorgeous addition to your kitchen counter, or as a gift for your lemon loving friends.
In Business Since 2020
What motivated you to start your business? What challenges did you overcome as a Solopreneur?
As a nutritionist, I noticed that one thing people forget to do is to simply drink more water! My mission is to make it easy for you to enjoy your morning cup of lemon water. I am a lover of healthy habits and routine, but I always found it difficult to stick to them even though I knew it was good for me. Once I discovered how convenient, refreshing, and enjoyable it was to add dehydrated lemon slices to water and tea – I had to share it with the world! Fresh lemons also go bad and moldy way too quickly, so my favourite thing about Lemonjarz is that you’ll never have to waste another lemon! I hope my product can be a great reminder for people to slow down, take a break, breathe, and hydrate. The constant fear of failure, self-doubt, and slow growth are all things I had to overcome and be okay with as a Solopreneur. There is only so much one can handle on their own. As long as I am moving in the right direction, learning, and doing my best, that is all I can ask for! Working a full-time job, taking care of family, balancing relationships, and running a small business, all while setting aside personal time for self-care, is a tremendous challenge. The biggest thing I feel I have overcome is understanding that not every minute is about progress and improvement. I take the time now to enjoy and reflect on all the moments and experiences, both large and small, that come from starting a business. When there is a lot on your shoulders, it's easy to forget taking care of the most important asset - yourself! I am extremely grateful for my supporters and cheerleaders; they are the ones who keep me motivated and going!
Why do you deserve to win the Best Solopreneur award?
I think I need to give myself more credit for being able to manage my business while working a full time job and running a household of seven. Sometimes it is hard to believe I am running every aspect of my business on my own. I have yet to do any outsourcing and have enjoyed the process of creating my own design, figuring out my social media strategy, finding the optimal temperature to create the perfect slice of dried lemon, and packaging the product so it's ready to be shipped! The more you learn, the more you realize there is so much more to learn, and that is the beauty of Solopreneurship. You get to dive into aspects you would have never imagined. I was in the midst of a quarter life crisis not long prior to starting Lemonjarz, and I truly believe that Lemonjarz can build into a platform to make a positive impact on people’s day to day lives. There are so many wonderful reasons to start a business. Starting a business can help create future opportunities for others, serve your passion, solve a problem, contribute to society, help people all around, connect your community, and so much more. I want to be an inspiration for others to take the leap, lean into their fears, and conquer them. If you feel you don’t have the skills to start a business, it is never too late to learn it! I started out with no background or experience in business. There is a plethora of resources through organizations such as Small Business BC that can help you make that first step. Winning the Solopreneur award would be an amazing achievement and it would help move Lemonjarz one step closer to building a community and business that helps encourage and promote health and wellness all around.
Premier's People's Choice
Lemonjarz thrives through my supporters who truly believe in me and my vision for Lemonjarz. I will continue to make Lemonjarz not only a product, but a brand that can bring like-minded individuals together. I live for community and I would be extremely proud to win the Premier’s People’s Choice Award. When safe and possible to do so, I would love to plan an event to celebrate all of the people who have supported Lemonjarz. Thank you for your vote, it means a-lot!