Little Folkies just won a Totally Awesome Award for Most Magical Music Class in San Francisco . We recently spoke to them about their experience as a business owner, the best advice they’ve ever received and more. Hear what they have to say below!
Red Tricycle: Your community recently voted you “Most Magical Music Class” – what do your customers value most about your business?
Little Folkies: I think our families really value our down-to-earth, natural and cringe-free approach to kids music. We try to make it fun and enjoyable for both parents and children, and all our songs has a core message of love and respect for the earth and it’s creatures.
RT: What do you want people to know about your business that they don’t already know?
LF: We are a family owned business and we’ve been around for almost 8 years!
RT: How did your business get started and what was the motivation?
LF: I started writing children’s songs back in 2008 while teaching music at various preschools around the Bay Area. Being tired of the classic old kids songs and inspired by the children’s music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Ella Jenkins I was looking to write simple, fun and engaging kids songs with a deeper message.
RT: Tell us, what do you start your morning with: 1. coffee 2. tea 3. mimosa 4. water 5. all of the above.
LF: All of the above minus the mimosa.
RT: What is the most awesome thing a customer has ever done for you?
LF: We’ve gotten some pretty amazing testimonials over the years and always appreciate the beautiful art and presents our students give us. Parents also send me the most amazing videos of their kids singing little folkies songs at home or imitating me with their guitar, that is by far the biggest compliment I ever get.
RT: What is your biggest pet peeve as a business owner?
LF: Hmmm, I feel lucky most people I deal with are really cool and easy going, but if there’s one thing I can’t stand is someone telling me something is “impossible”. If it wasn’t for me ignoring people when they told me I was crazy and my plan was impossible Little Folkies would never exist. We put mental limitations on ourselves but if you ignore those imaginary mental borders and walls there’s really no limit to what you can do.
RT: How do you keep your stress levels down?
LF: Playing music, doing yoga, meditation and going for long hikes in our beautiful Bay Area parks and wilderness areas. Most of the Little Folkies songs were written on or after a hike in the great outdoors, there is so much inspiration to be found in nature, and a good hike always leaves me feeling nourished, grateful and inspired.
RT: What’s your secret superhero power as a business owner?
LF: Well, I never stop working, even while in labor I was writing emails between contractions. Being the mother of a 3 year old I have learned to accept that I do not operate under normal business hours and I never have, even before I had a child. I have spent countless hours over the past decade working on the website, writing emails or making a poster until the sun comes up, or finishing up a song at three in the morning. I’m a pretty nocturnal creature which has been beneficial to me in many regards when it comes to starting a business but as I get older I’m feeling like my all-nighters might be more and more a thing of the past and what really sustains me nowadays is a good nights sleep, exercise, cuddling and green smoothies.
RT: Tell us, what is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (as a parent or business owner)?
LF: Be yourself, never give up and help in whatever way you can to make the world a better place.
RT: How about the worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?
LF: I’ve had family members tell me to get a “real job” when things got tough financially and otherwise, so glad I never listened and always suffered through the hard times only to gain even more strength and resilience in the end.
RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?
LF: Sign up now for Winter 2017! Get $15 off your enrollment with the coupon REDTRIQA.
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Photo credit: Little Folkies