Perkins MorganName:
Perkins Morgan, Co-Owner of Paisley & Jade

Years in Business:

What did you want to be as a child?
Professional Ice Skater

What’s the best piece of business advice you received when starting out?
Hire professionals! The upfront of investment of hiring an accountant, lawyer, and business coach sets you on the right track from the get-go.

What is the biggest sacrifice you’ve made in starting or running your business?
Time. The business required our physical time 7 days a week for the first few years which was tough but worth it in the long run.

When did you first realize that your business was going to succeed?
Maybe about 3 years in!

What’s the first thing you do every morning to set the tone for your day?
Make coffee and listen to music while I get my ducks in a row.

What tool, object, or ritual could you not live without in your workday?
Coffee and iPhone!

How did you come up with the name for your business?
We wanted a juxtaposition of a wild pattern and a calming stone to show the diversity of what we offer in specialty rentals and the custom pieces we create for special events.

When did you last meet someone who inspired you?
Kristin Banta in early 2019.

What characteristic do you most admire in other business owners?
The ability to multitask.

What does the world need more of?
Kindness and understanding.

As a leader, when did you receive a piece of criticism that was tough to overcome?
All the time! The best skill my business partner and I have learned is to welcome criticism as an opportunity to grow and better our business and not to meet it with “defense.” We keep an open dialogue with our employees and encourage them to speak up when something is not working and it can be tough to absorb that a process you thought was going to work is in fact not working.

Which of your personal traits makes you proudest?
Sense of humor. Being able to handle situations with a lightheartedness that constantly reminds you of what is important.

Name a fear or professional challenge that keeps you up at night?
Payroll! As a small business owner your employees come first. The scary “what if’s” are what holds us accountable to continuously adding to our business savings account.

Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently when you first started out?
Honestly, no. We made mistakes in the very beginning but they were wonderful lessons that taught us so much and put us in a position to now be able to offer guidance to similar businesses getting started.

What does success mean to you?
Success means to me that the business can run without me.

Has learning from a mistake ever led you to success?
Absolutely. By being accountable for a mistake and being proactive about making it right put us in better standing with a client that ended up giving us more business in the future. Everyone makes mistakes, it is all in how you handle it.

What’s the best thing about being a local business owner?
Establishing relationships with fellow local businesses and seeing that relationship grow through the years.

Paisley & Jade is a boutique-style rental company and prop house located in Scott’s Addition which features an impressive inventory of gorgeous furniture and decor pieces that can be used to create one-of-a-kind visual displays. Learn more on their website.