Tara Milburn of Ethical Swag on doing business on your own terms
Starting and running a business while raising a young family is a challenge many women have started to embrace. Tara Milburn, Founder of Ethical Swag, has been slowly nurturing her mission driven business providing sustainable branded products for the last eight years and is now ready to go full force. Tara’s story is that of a mother on a mission to create a life that not only provides for her and her family but also create something bigger than herself.
What does meaningful work mean to you?
Tell me about your company and why you started it.
- Global opportunity
- Must align with my values
- Has to be fun
- Cannot be “fee for service” business model
- Must work with like-minded individuals
What is the greatest challenge you had to overcome to make this idea a reality and how did you go about doing it?
What advice do you have for people wanting to start their own mission driven business?
Do it! And surround yourself with like-minded people. Seek advice and support because it is out there, you just have to ask.
Do you have a philosophy you live/work by?
My philosophy is give more than you take, be nice and “Press ON”. I have attached a picture I have hanging over my desk. It was given to me by my father, a man that lived this philosophy every day. The picture beside it, is my parents (Note: My father gave me this saying over 30 years ago on a piece of paper that I have carried with me ever since and it is full of coffee stains and rips. My mother typed this up and put it in a frame when he passed away).