Featured Paiver: Kate Paguinto, Founder of Presko
Name: Kate Paguinto
1. Tell us about Presko. What is your role as the founder?
Presko is a a marketplace where online-based businesses can book space inside of local stores and sell their goods in person. Our mission is to help small business owners connect with their customers face-to-face while simultaneously collaborating with other small businesses in their community. As the founder, I do everything from outreach to social media to PR and more! I'm in the process of bringing on some people to help me with the day-to-day tasks, so I can focus on bigger picture stuff :)
2. What led you to start your own company after college instead of looking for a job?
During my last two years of college (and even for a few months after graduating), I took on different internships to try and figure out what I wanted to do. I originally wanted to work in entertainment, but realized it wasn't for me. That was pretty jarring since it was my dream job for a while. I thought I should take a break to regroup and figure out what I would do next. During that time, I started taking on freelance work and focusing more on my handmade jewelry company, Dizzy Cactus. That's actually how I got the idea for Presko!
3. What kinds of skills/qualities do you need to start your own business?
It might sound cliche, but I think you need to have a genuine passion for something. You have to be willing to take risks and understand that there will be a lot of hurdles along the way. It's a lot of work, and you will develop a thick skin, but at the end of the day, it's incredibly rewarding. Keep in mind, that starting a business isn't for the faint of heart!
4. Do you have any side-hustles that support you financially?
Yes! Since Presko is entirely self-funded, I am doing some freelance work to supplement my income. It's been super helpful because I'm trying to bootstrap it for as long as I can, and that's definitely not easy. Everything I earn goes straight to my bills and Presko, but at the end of the day, it's totally worth it.
5. Favorite career or life advice
Done is better than perfect. I was so nervous to tell people about Presko before launch because I wanted it to look as polished and professional as possible. As a matter of fact, I almost waited til launch to start telling people about it! My mentor is the one who told me to build my MVP (minimum viable product) and start on-boarding people right away so by the time I launched, I had already built a community of 50+ users!