We just announced a partnership with Pepperlane, a Cambridge, MA-based online platform that helps mothers transform their skills into micro-businesses that fit into their busy lives. We interviewed their co-founder & CEO Sharon Kan so you can learn a bit more about this new partner and how we plan to work together.
What is Pepperlane?
Pepperlane empowers all mothers to turn their skills, passions, and ideas into micro-businesses that allow them to work flexibly. Our online platform offers features a simple website that can be completed with no coding or design work, and is immediately visible in our marketplace. Pepperlane members can also connect with like-minded mother business owners in our online community and through offline events.
When was it founded?
The Pepperlane team got together in summer 2016 and launched the official version of our platform in spring 2017.
Why did you create Pepperlane?
Mothers have so many valuable skills, and I believe owning your own business in this best way to be for mothers control of their destiny and work on their own terms. But starting can feel intimidating and existing tools for doing it are expensive and don’t bring an audience with them. Pepperlane is here to solve that and get women from idea to launch quickly. Our online platform offers a simple starter website that can be completed with no tech or design skills and is immediately visible in our online marketplace. We also provide other digital tools to run a small, service-based business, like a simple online payments platform and messaging system, and market our businesses through social media and other Pepperlane-sponsored promotions.
What is your hope for the future?
I hope more mothers realize that owning their own micro-business is a viable employment option for exercising their passions and talents and still having time for their families, and that we see vibrant communities of mother-owned businesses all over the country and world
How they think it will impact the community?
Mother-owned business provides a valuable employment path to many mothers, but the services they offer also enrich their communities by helping people get valuable time back in their busy schedules.
What’s an example of a cool business in Pepperlane?
Mothers have offered more than 55 different skills on Pepperlane, so there is quite the range.
Here are a few that come to mind. Jana make custom memory quilts, out of people’s t-shirts and other memorabilia. These are often gifts for loved ones at momentous occasions or an opportunity to remember someone who has passed away.
Meal prep is a very popular category on Pepperlane, and a service that many of us on the Pepperlane staff use: there is Sonia who prepares healthy meals for busy families, and Zainab who specifically focuses on Middle Eastern cuisine and teaching others how to cook it.
Stefanie is a mother on Pepperlane who owns a business that teaches women to shop their closets and create outfits out of what they already own instead of going out and buying more stuff. She helps people give away things that don’t work and lets clients pick pieces from that inventory.