Female CEOs - Read With Rilee

For our second Female CEOs interview, I am excited to introduce Rilee with Read With Rilee. Rilee and I connected through Bookstagram earlier this year and since then, I have seen her love for books grow and her kindness bloom in the community. In July, Rilee created her bookmark store on Etsy at ReadWithRilee and in just three short months, she has reached over 1,200 sales!

All About ReadWithRilee

What do you sell and how would you describe your business? I sell patterned and personalized bookmarks as well as personalized vinyl stickers on Etsy at ReadWithRilee.

What are your goals for your business? I want to be able to donate more money with each release I do. Each month having a new release and showcasing a charity or specific person that the money would be going too. 

What is one tool or piece of advice you couldn’t operate without? Not to worry what other people think! Yes it’s that simple. If it is something that you want to do then do it!

What are some tips you have for others looking to create a business? Figure out what it is that you want to do (a service or selling something etc.) and then how you will advertise and promote it! If you need ideas or help brainstorming then ask a friend or someone you look up too! You are never alone. 

What has been the most rewarding part of your business? Hearing everyones stories! I had no idea that making bookmarks would have brought that on but when someone messages me saying that they got a bookmark for a certain reason or as a gift for someone it is the best! 

All About Rilee 

How would you describe yourself outside of your business? A goofy cat obsessed wife. When I’m not reading you can usually catch me with my headphones on singing ridiculously. (noise canceling headphones so I can’t hear myself obvi) 

What is your favorite book? THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO.

What is your favorite movie? I will be 100% honest with you and tell you that my favorite movie is most definitely Hot Rod. 

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not reading or working? I’m definitely a homebody so for sure hanging out at home with my husband! But of course hanging out with friends & family because I do leave my house sometimes! lol


If you are interested in being interviewed for our Female CEOs segment or want to nominate a female business owner, please email me at gracebyshan.com