Spring has sprung! Baby chicks are suddenly available and oh, so cute. But if you can’t handle all the fuss, Daphne’s has a Chicken Headcover that even lays an egg. Actually, it lays a golf ball. We are all about golf, after all, and love designing headcovers that bring the world into golf. We even bring golf into your home. I have seen pets absolutely bewitched by our animal headcovers, like the feisty little Maltese Bishon mix who boldly snatched away the Gopher, a utility headcover, from its owner on Christmas morning, certain that gift was really meant for her.
We are a family business, and headcover design is an in-house decision. We have to trust that our instincts are right, that this particular headcover is the right one at this time, for the right reason. Daphne’s has been in business for 38 years. Our steady growth owes much to the devotion and talent of our employees. Many have been with me for a long time. A shining example is Janina, who runs Phoenix production and has been with Daphne’s for 30 years. We’ve shared a lot of stories and ups and downs. Daphne’s Headcovers is better because she is here.
Business Advice I have found it immensely rewarding to be an entrepreneur and build a business on my terms. But it’s not for everyone. According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start small businesses fail within the first 18 months. So what does it take to succeed? It may sound obvious, but a deep passion for your product or service is essential. You have to love what you do enough to weather the storms and still want to get up and do it again the next day. Passion will fuel you when you are surrounded by doubt, and it will warm you when things are working.
The Value of Mentoring
My mum, Daphne, is the company’s namesake and co-founder. She gave me a solid foundation and the self-confidence to grow Daphne’s Headcovers together and after she was gone. Her words still echo in my ears every day. I take great joy in mentoring, and I am truly flattered when a mentee will trust me to help them launch or sustain their dream.
Entrepreneurs have to be flexible and able to adapt to change. Business conditions are rarely static, and the status quo is not a mark of success. At Daphne’s we are always changing, open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. Take, for instance, the way we celebrate Easter at our headquarters.
We have a non-traditional egg hunt that is sheer mayhem. Every Monday after Easter, I hide eggs stuffed with everything from jelly beans to gift cards and cash. It’s an “all hands on deck” hunt with no holds barred. My crew runs, yells, laughs and pushes each other out of the way to gather the most eggs. Welcome to the wonderful world of Daphne’s.