Marriage proposals: usually romantic, and almost always a challenge to plan. And if the proposer is looking for an original method, the challenge just increases. For our latest dream job diary, we chatted with someone who took that challenge on, and turned it into an entire business. Meet Tessa Medlock, founder of Pearl Bath Bombs.
Recently engaged, Tessa actually got the idea for Pearl Bath Bombs from her own proposal. Now, this University of Western Ontario graduate has a successful business that she’s built from the ground up. Pearl Bath Bombs actually began 2 years ago, right out of Tessa’s Kitchen in her new home in Chicago. Today her company has 20+ full time employees. It runs out of an 8,000-square foot factory, and boasts a great social media following on social media. And it all started with a bathbomb, with a surprise at its heart.
Read on to learn about how Tessa created her own dream job.
How did you get into your current line of work?
For months after graduating University, I searched for great business ideas until my fiancé proposed to me. One day I came home and he had a bath bomb waiting for me. That evening, I took a bath with it and discovered my engagement ring hidden inside! I told all my family and friends about his unique proposal and everyone loved the concept. I decided that the magical feeling I had when I discovered the ring was something I wanted to share with the world. I began experimenting with various bath bomb recipes in my condo until I found the perfect one that preserved a ring inside and felt amazing on the skin.
Is this a job you attained or did you create it for yourself?
I created this job for myself. At the beginning, I worked alone and did everything myself: branding, marketing, manufacturing, accounting and taking product photos and advertising videos. Now Pearl Bath Bombs has more than 20 employees who have taken on the tasks I was doing alone in my condo when I first started. I’ve come to realize running a company is a lot of work and you have to let go and let others take over certain departments. I still do majority of our branding and marketing, and always give the final say on direction.
What was your most hated job?
My most hated job wasn’t any one job in particular. It was the idea of confinement to a specific set of roles that didn’t resonate with me. I wanted the ability to implement my vision for growth and brand image the way I saw fit. At most jobs, you start at a very low, entry level position and are not allowed to leave your sandbox. Politics takes over and it becomes very hard to accomplish anything meaningful.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t working with Pearl Bath Bombs, I would probably be manufacturing and selling a new product. The idea of building something from scratch and sharing it with the world is extremely satisfying. I love to see my work and ideas being enjoyed.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to find their dream job but hasn’t yet?
Be honest with yourself. Take the time to seriously think about what your goals are and how you can achieve them. To build Pearl Bath Bombs, I had to invest a significant amount of time. When you run your own company, it’s like having an infant. It’s always on your mind and it’s not always rewarding right away. You have to get past hurdles and awkward phases when you are first starting out. You need to think through every possible scenario to see its true potential. Even then, your startup can be rebellious in ways you didn’t plan for.
I am a firm believer that hard work always pays off in the end. Make sure you are working hard for something you are truly passionate about—it will bring you an unbelievable amount of satisfaction.