Meet Brazen Member: Susan Stewart


Welcome to “Meet Brazen Member” an exclusive Brazen series featuring our Brazen Growth Group Members. We are excited to share a little bit of their professional and personal stories with you!


What is your favorite book?
The Glass Castle


One skill you’d like to learn this year?


What business woman or woman-led business do you admire and why?
Sheryl Sandberg- I was inspired by her book Lean In.


What is your favorite non-work related hobby?
Taking our dog Sadie for a walk with my husband.


What is your favorite quote?
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ” -Albert Einstein


Who from history would you most like to meet and why?
My grandmother. She died before I was born and I often wonder what she was like.


How do you relax after a long day? Is there a small luxury you treat yourself to?
A glass of wine and a game of spider solitaire on my phone. I also get a massage once a month.


Besides social media and news sites, what website do you check often?


If you had an extra hour every day, how would you use it?
Prayer/quiet time in the morning before everyone else gets up in the morning. It helps me prepare for my day.


What is the inspiration behind your business?
I was always helping friends with organizing and decorating and my husband suggested I do it for a living. It’s awesome getting paid to do what you love!


What do you love most about being the boss?
Setting my own schedule. Getting to decide when and how much I work.


Which of your personal attributes do you think equips you the most to be an entrepreneur and why?
Tenacity. There have been a few times over the years that I’ve wanted to throw in the towel but I do not give up easily. My tenacity has allowed me to push through a recession, a relocation of my business (from Phoenix to St. Louis) and 2 rounds of breast cancer since I started Perfectly Placed.


What is your favorite app/software that helps you with productivity?
Acuity – my scheduling software. It sends reminder texts/emails to clients before their appointments.


What is the hardest part about being a female entrepreneur and how do you overcome it?
Boundaries. I want to please everyone and often that means putting myself last. My friends and husband have permission to get on me about it. I’m trying to be better about not feeling guilty about having fun or resting.


What is your favorite piece of business advice?
Take 25% of every sale and set it aside for taxes. I wish I had followed this advice. I would have saved myself a lot of pain.


What is your preferred accounting software?


What is your favorite business / startup book?
Organizing From The Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern


What service does your company outsource?


What is your favorite business / startup podcast?
Story Brand


What is the first position you hired?


What is the most important piece of technology your company uses?
Label maker


How did you hear about Brazen and why did you decide to sign up as a member?
I met Jennifer Ehlen and she told me about Brazen.


How has being a Brazen Member impacted or changed your business?
I’m pretty new to Brazen but I’m excited to be a part of the Growth Groups. I’ve always wanted to do something like this.



What is the #1 benefit you feel you receive as a Brazen member?
Being a part of a Growth Group. I’m so glad to have peers with whom I can problem solve.