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Friendship and money might not mix, but but running a business with a friend can be a great way to make some extra cash. Art teachers, Lisa and Janell, have built a successful side hustle together over the last 20 years, and they're still going strong!

Today’s Guest: Lisa Walker and Janell Scannell, Owners, Pop Up Art School

Pop up Art School is a mobile art workshop business. Art teachers Janell Scannell & Lisa Walker have been taking the show-on-the-road to public libraries all over Massachusetts for six years. Pop up Art School’s workshops for kids, teens & adults provide hands-on art fun! Libraries can hire us to teach a workshop or librarians can use one of our downloadable lesson packages to provide art experiences for their patrons.


Lisa and Janell met 20 years ago at a local gym, and struck up a friendship based on their mutual love of art.  They never imagined it would lead them to be business partners.  When Janell suggested they work with a local cable access station to produce creative programming, they decided to go for it.  The learning process was fun, and it solidified Lisa and Janell’s partnership.

Their business has gone through several iterations, each time learning a bit more about who they want to work with, and how they want to do things.  They discovered that working with public libraries provided a perfect setting for their programs, and are now looking for ways to expand beyond their local area.

Key Takeaways

  • Sometimes opportunity is scary… but still amazing
  • Learning on the job is a fantastic way to learn new skills and open new doors
  • Working as a team brings with it a whole new world of challenges and opportunities
  • Everyone’s entrepreneurial journey is unique, but it often has a lot of unexpected twists and turns

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