The North Iowa Women In Business series continues as we introduce you to Michelle Hartman. Michelle is known as the “Crazy Tupperware Lady” all around the world. She is a go getter and never lets any grass grow under her feet. Michelle is a proud Star Director with Tupperware and she works as the leader of an organization with more than 160 consultants.
When did you start your business?
I started my Tupperware Adventure in April 2008.
What advice would you give a woman wanting to start her own business?
Starting your own business is so rewarding! I choose who I work with & enjoy partnering with local organizations! I highly suggest getting involved in your local Chambers. I am a member the the Greater Franklin County Chamber & the Clear Lake Chamber. Having my own business has allowed me to have FUN with marketing & customer service. I grew up with my parents running 2 home businesses. My mom is the owner of Cathy’s Country Cook’n & yes this is where I get my LOVE for baking from! I was always her right hand gal, from making cookies to making labels to helping her at local shows by selling cookies. My parents also own the Carlson Christmas Tree Farm & have always allowed me to be part of the business, from selling Christmas Trees during the holidays to making the open house flyers and designing posters for advertisements . This I feel has been a huge asset in me wanting to start & run my own business. One of the neat things is now I am seeing my daughters wanting to be involved in my Tupperware Business! In fact I take my oldest daughter with me to some parties & I LOVE to see what she is learning just by watching me. If I am busy she is selling & explaining Tupperware products to the ladies at the parties! This truly warms my heart as you just never know the skills you learn as you grow up that will be so influential in your life & career!
Who has mentored you through the process of building your business?
I work with a great group of Tupperware Directors with-in my region and we learn from each other. I also enjoy listening to marketing and customer service trainers, both online and at local events.
Tell us about your family.
I am married to a very hard working man named Mike & he is a concrete foreman for Larry Adams Concrete. We have two beautiful daughters, Hope is 13 years old & Ivy is 8 years old. They attend West Fork School and are very active in sports, 4-H & Girl Scouts. We are a very active family & love the outdoors! We LOVE the Great State of Iowa & spend much of our summer vacation time visiting the neat places we have within our state from county/state parks to the Iowa State Fair. We also enjoy ATV trips to Wisconsin.