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26: Sheila Benjamin Finds Her Passion in Product Development

It takes a great idea plus tenacity and action to make it all happen.  Sheila Benjamin is the creator of ZipMyself which is a 2 in 1 dressing tool.  Sheila has a great combination of courage, persistence and curiosity and I wanted to learn more about her inspiring journey.

Sheila says, “ZipMyself is a 2 in 1 Dressing Tool that can assist you with zipping the back of your dress and help you button your blouse or shirt.  I love wearing dresses but I often need help with zipping the back. One day, I forgot to ask a friend to zip down my dress after an event and it took me 20 minutes to get out of the dress.  I searched Google for 2 hours and couldn’t find anything to help me solve my problem. Something said “you can make what you want to see in the marketplace.”  So, I started bringing ZipMyself to life in Jan. 2014 and it has been a real roller coaster ride!  I had no experience in this space however I am living my dream of being a business owner and loving it!

Her philosophy:

It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.   ~Mae Jemison

Her advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs

  • Research your idea and find a way to get it to the marketplace.  Research counts toward bringing your vision to life.  Take advantage of all of the free information that’s available.
  • If you can see it in your mind’s eye, you can do it.  You don’t have to know everything.  For everything you don’t know, you will connect with people on your journey who can support your vision and propel you forward.

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