C5DesignGoods – Quality Custom Designs Made from Philadelphia

… I think I enjoy being my own boss and knowing that business success is directly correlated to the amount of hard work I put in. At burger king, I’m trading time for money and don’t have a direct impact on the business as I do with my online store. The hardest thing about it is really when starting out there’s a lot of manual work that needs to be done as I don’t necessarily have all the systems in place.

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MalaYogamatStrap – Yoga Mats Straps and Bottles – Made with Love

… I enjoy most, that you can structure your day the way you want to. But it is equally hard that some people think, it means being totally free while not putting in as many hours. It takes a lot of self-discipline to organize and give your own business a structure and most of the time there are so many hours that go into it. While social media makes it all seem like a dream job.

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TheKnitEdit – Designed and Knitted by me in Sunny Nottingham

… I want all my knits to be sustainable, so I only use odd ends of leftover yarns or thrift yarns. This means all my knits are really yarn lead because I don’t get a choice in what I use! I encourage anyone using my patterns to use up their old ends of yarn instead of leaving them in a cupboard somewhere! It’s a really fun way to be more sustainable and get creative with what is already there.

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4LCKSocks4Luck – We Design Fashion Colourful Socks for Happy People

… One of the biggest challenges in our business is to find out the sock’s pattern which our customers will like. It is very difficult to predict, whether customers will desire to have the socks, whether the set of colors will be the best. To overcome it and to increase the probability of success we always make a little survey and ask our friends and family for their opinions.

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YetiandsonsEuropeLtd – Handmade Natural Sheepskin Products from Manufacture

… I am a Pole living in mountainous regions. My family has been in the small sheepskin industry for over 30 years. Working in England, I’ve experienced how much natural sheepskin clothing is desirable in Western countries. My idea was to expand my father’s Yeti company with the name Yeti & Sons and expand the business to markets all over the world.

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Baisap – Menswear

… We sell slow fashion items, timeless style clothes, mostly for men. Both affordable and original. We focus on the design and manufacture of small tailor workshops in Asia. This allows us to be competitive with the big industry players. The cultural gap is very challenging when you work with international partners. We manage to overcome this challenge by spending much time with our workshop partners, almost half of the year in Asia.

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