According to the latest census numbers (2008), women make $0.77 to every man's dollar (1) and the average revenues of majority women-owned businesses were still only 27% of the average of majority men-owned businesses (2). My hope for Sparking Cinderalla is to foster a community of support for female entrepreneurs as well as provide a little juicy insight into who these women are in their everyday lives. After all, as Mama Gena says, "Women are the greatest untapped natural resource in the world."

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Jaclyn Gross: Tip Top Organizing


Name: Jaclyn Gross
Job Description: CEO & Founder of Tip Top Organizing, Inc.
Company Info:

The Clutter Experts: Helping people maximize their space and minimize their stuff through de-cluttering and organizing. Founded in 2010. Stay up-to-date with us by following Tip Top Organizing, Inc. on our Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and monthly eNewsletter.

Recently featured on the A&E show Hoarders


1. What made you decide to start your company?
I started this company because I saw what the effects that organization and disorganization can have on a person’s life. People that are organized have lower stress, and overall a more fulfilling, productive life. It’s also proven that when kids are taught how to organize, that they go on to make more money and have better careers.

2. Where do you see your company in 5 years?
I see my company in 5 years with its own product line, a TV show and around the world.

3. Who was your inspiration?
My inspiration was that my dad always told me to do what I love- find what I’m passionate about and pursue it- don’t worry about the money, the money will come later, just do what you love. He suddenly passed away when I was 20, and I went full-force after that. I was unstoppable. 

I saw what a difference living an organized life has on your mental and physical state. Not only do you feel better bringing company over, but you can find your stuff when you need it. Being organized saves people time and money. It even brings families closer because they have room to relax together in. I think its important to love the things that will love you back and stuff will never love you. If you get rid of the stuff, you have more room to focus on what’s really important- and that’s family, friends, pets, hobbies, etc. It’s also easier to keep clean when there’s less stuff. Who wants to be in a dirty space?

4. What turns you on?
What turns me on is making peoples dreams come true. Taking a space that is making a person feel guilty and ashamed and turning it into something that looks beautiful, represents the person, enhances their current lifestyle and most importantly, seeing the person smile because they no longer feel embarrassed. 

5. What advice do you have for tomorrow’s female entrepreneurs?
Advice for female entrepreneurs is that you have to listen to your gut and do what you know is the right thing for you. Everyone wants to give you their advice, so its easy to get confused or knocked off your path. You can listen to other people’s opinions, but ultimately, you have to make your own decisions. You may have to make many personal sacrifices, but it is certainly worth it in the long run and you will be the one that is retired early while all your friends are still working. If you are passionate about something that is making peoples lives better, than go for it! Don’t ask permission. Power is never given, it is always taken, so take it! Get focused, surround yourself with the right people that keep you positive, and just go for it. The only regret you will have is not doing it sooner… you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You are in charge of your own destiny--you can create your own life if you plan ahead and anything is possible if you work hard enough for it.

6. Tell us a sexy secret ;-)
A sexy secret… my clown name is Snickers. Seriously, I used to be a clown and do balloon animals at children’s parties. I had straight neon orange hair, little hat, sparkly nose, big shoes, ½ striped/1/2 polka-dot outfit, full makeup, the whole package… How’s that for sexy?