When it comes to inventors, Russie Jones has done more than turn on the light bulb. She has created a way for the light bulb to literally turn on without power! Russie is the genius behind the Rely-a-Light, a decorative emergency lamp that comes on as soon as the power goes out. It can work for up to 16 HOURS without ANY power AND it has a USB port to charge your phone or tablet built into the lamp. If you’ve been following me for awhile, then you’d probably heard me talk about how awesome this lamp is. As a mom, I love the idea of having something reliable in the event of an emergency that helps keep our family safe. I don’t always have my phone charged. In fact, as of lately, it’s really rare for my phone to have much of a charge. Keeping up with kids, a baby, Instagram, and life makes me forget to put it on the charger. But I have comfort in knowing that in the event of an emergency, I can plug it in and hopefully make calls or get important updates via local news or weather. It’s also great for elderly people who may need the light to guide them to safety at night. I think every house needs one for safety. Keeping up with flashlights and batteries is a pain and candles, especially with small children, can be dangerous. But Rely-a-Light is simple. It works really well and it’s such an amazing concept!
As if that wasn’t cool enough, Russie launched another emergency lamp, this time for children. It’s called the LampAngel and it works the same way, but it comes with a fun remote for kids to change the color of the lamp. If your kids are like mine, they are VERY serious about their favorite colors and they probably also love technology. LampAngel gives parents peace of mind and it gives kids something fun for their room that they get to choose.
Aside from her product, which I love, Russie has continued to inspire me over the years with her story. She is one of the strongest women I know and no matter what life throws at her, she’s always coming back stronger and better. I am so excited to share this interview with everyone and hopefully inspire you to follow your dreams in life, and no matter what, never give up!
Meet Russie Jones:
Lindsay Satmary: When was Rely-a-Light launched?
RJ: Rely-A-Light with USB ports was officially launched in very late 2013. The concept was “born” at our kitchen table in 2009 but due to a number of personal issues and a total lack of knowing what I was doing we didn’t get off the ground until 2013. We came up with the idea in 2009 but then my father died, 3 months later I was diagnosed with cancer and 11 months later I was diagnosed with early on-set Parkinson’s Disease. In and out of treatments for the health problems left little time for Rely-A-Light but during sleepless nights I was in contact with China working on sourcing, drawing designs in hospital beds, and eventually God granted me the gift of good enough health to carry on and see this thing through!
LS: How did you come up with the concept?
LS: Who are your most popular customers (target demographic)?
LS: How many styles of lamps are available for purchase?
LS: As an entrepreneur, where do you find inspiration?
LS: What’s playing on your iPod right now?
LS: What was the last book you enjoyed reading?
LS: Share a business milestone that you are proud of.
LS: What exciting plans for Rely-a-Light’s future can you share with us?
LS: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why?
RJ: Joy Mangano!!! I am like her in that I can sell my product better than anyone. We seem to have a lot in common and I would love to be a sponge and soak up everything she could tell me about business.
LS: What is something you’ve learned so far as an entrepreneur?
LS: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
LS: Entrepreneurs often work long hours. How do you enjoy spending your time off to recharge?
LS: How did you come up with the concept for Lamp Angel?
LS: How has being an entrepreneur changed your life?
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