Tip Sheet | November 2017

Interviews and photos by Zaina Salem


For this edition, I asked three business owners what the hardest thing about being a business owner is and how they overcome it. Here’s what they had to say.

Justin Miller, Baby Sweet Pea’s Boutique

Baby boutique featuring baby-wearing wraps & reusable cloth diapers, plus organic & natural items.

The hardest thing about being a business owner is that you are constantly facing challenges that you’ve never seen before. Starting a business from nothing requires you to make every decision, including about topics you probably have no clue about. The most important thing that I’ve found is not being afraid to ask for help. Seek out mentors who can offer knowledge in different areas. Also, don’t listen to people who say your idea is dumb or will never work. If you want it bad enough and are willing to work for it, anything is possible.”


Natalie Parks, Fritter’s Southern Cuisine

Home-style meals with a Southern twist, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

“Ultimately, you want to be perfect and that is not always going to happen as you have to release some control as a business owner. You also have to develop a thick skin as you’re never going to make everyone happy 100 percent of the time.”


Scott Malensek, Rubber City Comics

Longest-running comic book shop in the Akron area.

“As a business owner, you are going to have really good days and you’re going to have really bad days. You just have to have faith and believe that there are going to be more good days than bad.”



Zaina Salem is a written and visual storyteller, coffee enthusiast, news junkie, and avid pun-maker.