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Rilee started BalloonWorks in 2019. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on BalloonWorks?
BalloonWorks was born out of a desire for something more. I was done settling. Seven months ago, I took a leap of faith and put all of my trust in God’s plan for my life. I quit my crazy corporate job where I traveled a ton and had a secure income to build a company that is now known as BalloonWorks.
After leaving my job, I had a lot of faith but little clarity when it came to what my next step would be. That weekend, I was asked to use balloons to add a little pop to a friend’s gender reveal party. Two weeks later, I found myself at Paris Hilton’s birthday bash installing a 30-foot balloon arch up a spiraling staircase in the foyer of her home. Oh… and Kim Kardashian posted my work.
It was the boost of confidence I needed and the vision for what I was capable of. I immediately saw a need for newfound creativity in the world of balloons and knew I could put a twist on the standard, helium-filled balloon arches that have monopolized the industry for years. It was also the outlet I needed to put the corporate world behind me and walk into an opportunity that allowed me to be both expressive and creative while working with people to bring their vision to life.
To say it happened quickly would be the understatement of the century. Along with the adrenaline and the confidence came plenty of "Ohhh what the hell am I doing" thoughts. Eight months in, I can tell you it has been the most transformational, gratifying and humbling experience of my life. There really isn't anything like taking that leap of faith, believing in your ultimate vision and hustling to make it happen.
I go to bed with a plan of action to execute the next day and I am excited to make it happen! Nothing is more powerful than seeing your visions and company come to life.
To be completely blunt, it's been hard as hell. (Ha, I didn't even know what an LLC was at the beginning of the year!) My advice to future entrepreneurs is just START. I’ve always been taught that actions speak louder than words. It’s time to take whatever it is you’re passionate about and RUN with it. The time is never going to be right and you probably won’t feel ready, I sure as hell didn’t. But let the beginning of my journey be the push you need to begin your own path in this world. JUST START.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
- Wiki Updater