For nine years right out of college, Lindsey Rose King worked in politics in Washington DC, so successfully that she was asked to help head up several campaigns in her home state of Texas, leading her to start her own consulting firm, LRK Events. With an entrepreneur’s schedule, she had the flexibility and time to build Mostess. Not even a year old, Mostess is in huge demand and has already gone nationwide, being enjoyed in more than 30 states since its launch in February of this year.
She thought of this genius idea for a company while scrambling trying to prepare to host her friend’s party. Realizing that living in this day and age of working crazy hours at demanding jobs is completely different than our grandmothers’ generations who, for some, were homemakers who always had a welcoming and guest-ready home. “There has to be a better way to entertain in your home without having to run all over trying to find nice pieces to entertain with,” Lindsey said when talking about how hosting should be fun, not a burden. And now it doesn’t have to be!
The purpose of the Mostess box is to make it easier to get together offline and prepare the party-thrower with some essential items and traditional etiquette skills, in style with quality items that a collection can be built upon and your friends will covet! If you’re already prepared, these boxes are fantastic gifts to women just getting out on their own, graduating college, tying the knot, you name it! I can’t think of a single woman, married or bachelorette (and even men!) that couldn’t use a fantastically organized conglomeration of hosting necessities that Mostess creates seasonally minded.
The products that make up Mostess boxes are mostly sourced here in an effort to help fellow small American-based companies grow and are delivered in a beautiful recycled and US-made box that can be used to hold memory keepsakes of the special occasion the party was thrown for. Check out www.mostessbox.com to see what Lindsey has designed for this season’s box and be sure to sign up for their email newsletter so you’ll always be on the up and up when entertaining.
How did it all start? What made you decide to pursue this path?
On a cold winter day in 2015, I was running around like a crazy person before hosting a party among friends. By the time the guests arrived, I was exhausted and didn’t even enjoy the party. I created Mostess because I wanted a way for busy, professional women to easily host friends and family in their home. Our product is sent directly to your doorstep. Effortless entertaining!
What steps did you have to take to conquer your goal of being a business owner?
First, I filed for my sole proprietorship for tax purposes. Second, I reserved the website domain. Third, I trademarked the name Mostess. While these three steps seem kind of boring, they are important and can take some time. But, they are essential for any new business!
How do you manage envy, ego or jealousy from getting in the way of your dreams?
Try not to compare yourself (which can be hard if you are a competitive person!). The grass is ALWAYS greener when you look at the other side. Instead, reflect on your own dreams and goals. Take time to be proud of what YOU have accomplished.
What are some of the qualities you believe a person must have to build their own business/brand?
Flexibility and creativity. You have to be ready to roll with the punches and recalculate. Things don’t always go as planned! Sometimes plan B, plan C or even plan D are what you end up with.
What do you love most about your profession?
That I create my own work schedule. I always struggled sitting at a desk in a traditional 9-5 workplace. Being a business owner gives me the most flexibility for my lifestyle.
If you were to pinpoint a few tools for success, what would they be?
Coffee. Lots of it. Oh, and taking care of your self. Try to relax at least one day a week – take a bubble bath or go get a massage!
What advice would you give a young girl about getting out in the “real” world?
Remember that you are fresh and there will always be someone that has more experience and wisdom than you. It might feel frustrating or annoying, but learn to work with and LEARN from these people. Experience and wisdom don’t happen overnight.
Finding a mentor is key. Do you have a female mentor or idol growing up who has significantly impacted your life? How?
Growing up I was lucky that my parents were fantastic mentors. They both financially put themselves through college and have each started their own companies. Once I entered the real world (after graduating from college) I found women that were instrumental in my professional success. They know who they are and I couldn’t have gotten where I am without them. I am happy to say that it took a village (parents and mentors) to get me where I am today.
What / who inspires YOU to get through each day and overcome every challenge?
I love reading about saucy, larger than life women, trailblazing women. Each time I read about Mary Kay Ash, Governor Ann Richards, Eleanor Roosevelt or Ebby Halliday, I get inspired – not to mention their feisty attitudes put a smile on my face.
What is your definition of BEAUTIFUL?
Being confident in yourself!
What is your favorite shade of Lipstick?
It is hard to pick just one. I usually have at least 2-3 different shades in my bag at all times. I have my eye on the Lipstick Sister Hot Tamale shade. It might be added to the collection soon.
Why do you think women organizations like Lipstick Sister are important?
I am a huge supporter of getting involved with organizations. Even if the organization might seem intimidating. The act of “being a part of something” can have a huge impact on someone, especially a woman. It gives you a feeling of purpose and serves as a resource for seeking: professional development, friendship, and emotional or motivational support.
Do you have a favorite quote that empowers you, if so, share it with us!
This isn’t exactly a quote, more a phrase: “Go with your gut instinct”. When it comes to making big decisions (especially important ones!) it can be difficult and sometimes paralyzing. Women tend to want to make everyone happy, or we make a decision based on someone else’s opinion. We need to listen to ourselves more. Trust yourself!