My days often started frantically searching for car keys wasting 3, 5, up to 10 minutes every morning. Yes, I’m embarrassed to say I either squeaked in under the bell at work or was terribly LATE. I tried everything in the marketplace that promised to solve my problem but nothing worked and high tech gadgets only made things more difficult!
One rainy night after leaving work, I headed to my car parked in a poorly lit open lot. As I neared my car I reached in my handbag to locate my keys and couldn’t find them. I fumbled and dug around my bag for what seemed like an eternity, getting rain-soaked, and cursing to myself in the dark. This was not the first time it happened but that moment was when I had had enough. I made a promise to myself that night to invent a product that would end my 20 year struggle with keys. In 2007 with money I was putting aside to fund my bucket list, I hired a business attorney, filed my application to start a business and began working on a product prototype. Samples were made, product testing conducted and in late 2008 Joyful Keyper (previously known as Fun Key Finder) was introduced to the marketplace.
Despite a boatload of mistakes, bad decisions, and dollars spent unwisely, I created a unique and stylish solution to keeping keys at the ready, accessible in seconds, and providing that extra edge of security we sometimes need to feel safer and have peace of mind. No more frantically searching for keys …. day or night!
p.s. My dad would often say to me “If your head wasn’t attached to your body you would lose that too”. Inspiration comes to us in many different ways.