Sometimes the best business ideas happen by chance – which was the case for Angelyn Myers, creator of the My Buddy Towel.
As a mother of 6 young children, Angelyn was no stranger to a little chaos during bath time and lots of laundry afterward, with most of it consisting of used towels. When she couldn’t find a solution that would help her solve a simple pain point, she decided to take matters into her own hands and develop a product that she knew moms everywhere would appreciate.
We caught up with Angelyn to find out more about her business journey so far.
Q&A with Angelyn Myers – My Buddy Towel
What did you eat for breakfast?
Scrambled eggs and an avocado.
What’s your workout?
Tell us about your work. What inspired you to start your business? Where did you start and where are you now?
It all started when my 4th oldest child insisted on using three towels after a bath! One for her hair, one for her body, and one wrapped around her legs. This simple frustration is what lead to my aha moment. What my child needs is a full body towel to get into right after a bath. Even after hours of research, I couldn’t find a product that matched my needs, so I decided to make my own towel that also doubled up as a onesie. In less than a year I went from having an idea to manufacturing My Buddy Towels to sell online, at boutique stores, and at water parks.
What do you see for your future?
I see My Buddy Towel being sold at big retail store chains.
How large is your business? How many employees do you have?
I currently have four employees.
Tell us how you funded your business.
I bootstrapped my business and I received some funding from the Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch TV show.
What do you see as challenges for you and your business? What are some opportunities?
Learning how to market my business using social media ads has been one of my biggest challenges to date.
Tell us a story about a success in your business or a mistake you overcame.
I recently won Scores American Small Business Champion 2018 and was named Product of the Year by babyMaternity Magazine. Additional accomplishments include being 1 of 100 chosen to attend HSN American Dreams Academy in Washington D.C., getting funded by the Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch TV Show, and being featured by and winning Best of Shows on My Cool Inventions.
What do you love about being an entrepreneur?
I love that I get to be my own boss and still spend quality time with my family.
What about your business matters most deeply to you? How does it engage your values?
I strive to bring a quality product to the market and give everything I do 100%.
What would you say is your “entrepreneurial superpower?”
I’m determined – once I set my mind to something, there’s no stopping me!
Who is the entrepreneur you admire most right now? Why does s/he inspire you?
Karina and Jared Rabin – the inventors and owners of HangOmatic. They are genuinely the most giving and helpful entrepreneurs I know! Karina always takes time to answer questions and give her honest feedback.
What’s the best and the worst thing about being an entrepreneur, as a woman?
The best thing is knowing that I can do it. The worst thing is dealing with internet trolls.
Do you think male entrepreneurs are “different” from female entrepreneurs, and if so, how? If not, why not?
Males and females are opposite regardless of being an entrepreneur!
What the best advice you ever got, and from whom?
I’ve received lots of great advice. Debbie Saviano helped me fresh off the plane after dealing with my first non-supportive audience, she showed me that this was a good lesson to learn early on. Not everyone is going to be happy/supportive – just surround yourself with the people who are.