We've got not one but TWO bad babes on the block this week with Christine and Chloe, co-owners of Noodo who make some RIDICULOUS bao and noodle dishes that are are sooooo good. Trust me, their instagram page is just one mouthwatering photo after another (kind of makes me wish that Nickelodeon really did get serious about smellavision).
These two bosses can be found all around Sacramento at different pop up events bringing the sweet heat and sass, just how I like it.
You will learn A LOT on the way. Every single experience is a teaching lesson.
How did you get started with your business?
Being the older sister by 8 years, I (Christine) have always made food for Chloe. I've always loved cooking and have spent most of my time in the kitchen for as long as I could remember. We both love everything about food. As Chloe got older, we started preparing food together and sometimes pretend we were in a restaurant. We like to make everything we do as fun as possible!
One day in 2012, we got a small pasta machine off Amazon and started making pasta/noodles from scratch. This was when we really started pretending we were in a restaurant and Chloe even designed a logo with a dry erase marker on a whiteboard. In 2016, we decided it make it real and did a popup at our family store. It was a way for us to spend more time with each other, especially since Chloe started college that year.
What do you enjoy most about being a small business owner?
Owning a small business has given us a chance to meet so many new people and other small businesses. We've met so many different people. It's such a great way to show our love and be a part of such a loving community! We also like that we can see our hard work and progress happening right in front of our eyes. It's very satisfying to see the results from the work you put in. Even if the results aren't as great, we take it as a learning experience.
What’s the hardest thing about being a small business owner?
It's hard to say no sometimes, because we want to embrace every opportunity we can. We've given up a lot of our rest and free time, which is exactly why we're on hiatus right now! Another difficulty is managing everything. Since there's only two of us, we have to wear all the hats. It's difficult because we're a two-women team where one woman is a full time student/part-time manager and the other is a co-owner of another small business. We wouldn't be able to do this without organizing, planning, spreadsheets, and calendar reminders. After organizing all that and putting our plan on paper, we have to put it into action, which we wouldn't be able to do without our family!
What's the best advice you have for women who are just starting out?
Keep following your dreams and don't give up! As long as you're passionate, everything will fall into place. You will learn A LOT on the way. Every single experience is a teaching lesson. Also, don't take it too seriously or be too hard on yourself. Always remember WHY you're doing it. Stand up to the people that say "What if you fail?" or "Aren't you scared you won't succeed?" and stand up for yourself.
What is one skill you have that unexpectedly benefited you in your line of work?
Multitasking and organizational skills.
Follow these lovely ladies on instagram and facebook for information on their next pop up or just to get your food porn fix for the day. THANK YOU to Christine and Chloe for sharing their adventure and food culture with us!