The SpOiled Housewife
Mandy is originally from Michigan City and is a graduate of Michigan City High School. She received her degree in marketing from Ball State and worked retail at Lighthouse Mall after graduation. She married her husband Josh in 2007 and became a housewife/stay at home mom when she was pregnant with her son Mark. Once Mark started school full time, Mandy wanted to make her long time dream of owning a skin care business a reality, and founded The SpOiled Housewife with a $1,000 loan from her family savings. Mandy lives in La Porte with her husband, son, and Hank, their Wheaten Terrier.
NAME OF BUSINESS
The SpOiled Housewife
TELL US ABOUT THE SPOILED HOUSEWIFE
I handcraft natural + organic body and skin care without using synthetics or preservatives. It was founded in 2017.
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
Just me, but sometimes I have a little help from my amazingly supportive friends and family.
WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR NAME?
I’m a huge Real Housewives fan, and was a housewife at the time I launched my business. I also use a lot of oil in my products, so it all just seemed to fit!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR?
There are so many things I love about it! The customers and other entrepreneurs I have met, showing my son that you can do anything if you have a vision and work hard to make it a happen, and I absolutely love seeing an idea I have become a reality!
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR?
It’s a toss up between keeping the books/tax prep (I literally have nightmares that I miscalculate or do something wrong), and trying to find balance between work and home life. I have a hard time shutting off my brain so sometimes my work consumes me.
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT
Hands down Olga’s Place in Westville. Everything is made from scratch and so freaking good. If you haven’t been there, you’re missing out!
FAVORITE LOCAL SHOP
Aster + Gray, obviously! I’m also big fan of Indie Indie Bang Bang, they have super fun pop culture items.
FAVORITE ENTREPRENEUR RESOURCE
I cannot stress how much I love The MFCEO Project with Andy Frisella. He has a way of breaking it down, kicking you in the ass and making you want to dominate whatever you are doing. It’s a total game changer and makes me feel like I have advantage just by listening it.
MOST VALUABLE THING YOU’VE LEARNED BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR
You’re going to be told no, be knocked down, and fail (so. many. times.), but you have to keep going and use all that to fuel you to be better.
Drinking local craft beer (Four Fathers + Burn ‘Em are my absolute faves) and watching Schitt’s Creek or anything on Bravo.
I can recite a solid amount of old-school gangsta rap.