… 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.
… 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.
… The main challenge is standing out amongst so many fast fashion brands, coupled with people’s misconceptions about how much work and effort goes into making clothing (particularly handmade) when they have become so accustomed to very low prices – which can usually only be achieved through unethical working practices and factory conditions.
… I have faced a few issues with the customers I must admit. As most of my items are customizable to fit all body types. Even if I have the size chart for them to be compared with but this does not seem to be cleared until now;) Another challenging aspect is shipping. We can’t say the exact date of the delivery time which is something I’m trying to improve.
… 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.
… 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.
… The main shoes I use for customization would be Old Skool Vans or Air Force 1’s. All customization is made by my own hands and can take anywhere between 4 – 12 hours to make. As it stands I am a 1 man team but hopefully, that will change with time.
… 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.
… 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.
… I use royal mail for postage worldwide for small parcels and generally, they are delivered within a week. As a small business, I can not cover the cost, so I charge the customer. Larger items go out with ups which is a great and fast courier. Parcels go in pip boxes or bubble wrap and a card with a flyer on how to look after their clothing.