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Baby Spawn is now toddling along with me, and we wash our hands before every meal. I wish I had registered for a product like Aqueduck. It extends my faucet far out enough for her to reach it. (Right now, I have to lift her and wash her hands one by one.) In addition, having a bathtub faucet extender would come in VERY HANDY right now because I don’t want to scratch her fingers or herself against the old stainless steel faucet we currently have.
October is National Women’s Small Business Month, and I had the opportunity to interview the founder of the Aqueduck, Susanna Lee. Read on!
I have three adorable and extremely active little boys. We took a family trip to Disneyland and they were touching everything, all over the place. I was helping them wash their hands before eating but there were no step stools and I was struggling to lift them up to wash their hands – remember I’ve got 3 of them! On our ride home, I was obsessed with coming up with something to solve this problem and the Aqueduck Faucet Extender was born. Every parent can use this at some point and it’s portable and easy. It took me 6 months only from once I decided to do it to finished product because I was really passionate about my idea and wanted to make it happen!
4. When you create a product, sometimes customers will use it for different purposes. Have you or your customer(s) discovered another way to utilize your product? Or perhaps another reason besides solving the original problem?
Some use it to provide running water for their cat, some find it useful washing baby’s hair, there were people in wheelchairs who found it really helpful too!
3. What’s one obstacle that you faced while you were trying to get your product to market? (Market research data, anecdotes by other parents, manufacturers or investors being skeptical….)
One of the biggest obstacles was that my family was skeptical about the idea of the Aqueduck Faucet Extender. They doubted that other people would want to use something like that.
2. What’s life like as a FT working mom and entrepreneur?
You have to be flexible with your schedule: fit in work between the time to take 3 kids to school and between their activities. Also we have to do Skype calls with Asia during the night time (since that’s their business hours) to communicate with the manufacturer.
1. Your success is inspiring to women as well as men. Is there one piece of advice or motto you live by that you could share with us?
Once I had a conversation with my dance teacher about my ideas. He told me: “If you never try, you’ll never know what will happen.” That night, I decided to turn my idea into action. He was the person who inspired me and I hope I can inspire people’s life by making it happen.
I love when one product that was made for one audience finds a new audience elsewhere. I wouldn’t have thought of the wheelchair-bound community as people who may need an extender, but of course they would. (Slaps self.)
Thank you so much, Susanna, for sharing your story and business advice! Do you have a question for Susanna? Would you buy this for your little one?
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