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Sam Foutain, the inventor of the shewee

Ep #19: Getting your product ideas out into the market with Sam Fountain

In episode 19 of Micro Entrepreneur: the magic of thinking small, I always love talking with smart business women and Sam Fountain is one of those.  She is the inventor of the Shewee, an amazing product that was born out of frustration and spotting an opportunity in the market.

This week’s guest

Sam Fountain is an inventor, a mother and a very smart business woman.  Starting from nothing, she has managed to carve out a market and dominate a niche with a very unusual product.  If you’ve not hear of the Shewee before, it’s a small plastic device, like a funnel, which allows ladies to go for a very discreet wee, standing up or sitting down and without taking any of their clothes off. Effectively allowing us to wee standing up!  It’s great for women at festivals doing outdoorsy activities or even when you are stuck in a traffic jam… though according to Sam, it’s best not to use it pointing up hill (top tip there ladies!).

What we covered in the show:

Sam’s entrepreneurial journey including –

  • The importance of choosing  your mentors and advisors wisely
  • Don’t be afraid to give away equity if it is going to accelerate your business
  • What it was really like facing the Dragons in the Den
  • Why you shouldn’t be worried about big companies stealing your ideas
  • Why you need to get your your ego out of the way to be successful
  • The importance of staying on top of your numbers and creating a business plan
  • How to sell your product on Amazon

Great Quote

“You have got to look at your accounts at least once a month, even if someone else is doing it, because its stupid if you don’t.”

You can find out more about Sam and the Shewee here

http://www.shewee.com

About the Podcast

The Micro Entrepreneur Podcast is your place to come and hear me talk about all things business for the micro business owner.  I speak with experts, authors and other micro business owners and what they are doing to build and grow a successful micro business.

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About Julie Hall

Hi, I'm Julie Hall, the founder of Women Unlimited. Which is my 4th business. I've had a business as a headhunter, a consultant, a new media agency and now finally Women Unlimited. I've learned lots of lessons - many of which could have been avoided. I hope you find the articles and stories on this website useful, and feel free to get in touch, I'd love to hear from you.

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