Tell us something about yourself. What is your niche? How did you get your idea or concept for the business?
It all started when I crazy over crystals and gemstones. It became addicted during my pregnancy. I remembered I purchased more than 10 real gemstones bracelets within 3 months. I love them so much and no words can explain how crazy I am into the crystal. I even bought a lot of books related to gemstones and crystal. That was my 1st attempt at crystal making. My second attempt was when I began loving loom beading. I just love how patterns are formed with small beads. The art makes me become a creative thinker. From there, I began to learn about the history of these patterns which is from African Americans. I love their music especially the aborigines song the native American song. I started to love loom beading. Learned from books and youtube. Thanks to Beadaholique and CSL. My 2nd attempt was I joined Pinterest. I saved many ideas and shared out my ideas too. From there I can see a lot of different patterns and beading from all walks of life. I learned my kumihimo there. Thanks to my husband who supported me by buying kumihimo disc, Miyuki seed beads, etc. I bought everything from Amazon because in my country, is very difficult to purchase kumihimo products. My postnatal depression was cured by making kumihimo. My 3rd attempt as a seller was that I had a collection of handmade products that have nowhere to go so finally started off in selling them on Etsy.
What are your responsibilities as a business owner?
My responsibilities of being a business owner are: 1) Create the best handmade item the best I can 2) Use cord, charms, beads and turn them into a piece of one-of-a-kind art using my own imaginations 3) Making sure every piece of art that I make is long-lasting and not easy spoilt 4)My customers are satisfied with my handmade item 5)My customers get what they deserved as they pay according to the items that they deserved.
What are your best selling products, what type of materials are used in your creations, how do you design your products, what makes your products stand out?
I am still new. The best selling products is my Celtic knot anklet. Customers just love this item compared to all the other listing that I list up.
What do you enjoy most about being an entrepreneur? What’s the hardest about it?
Being an entrepreneur is no easy task. I enjoyed the most is when I list my item up and people enjoyed it. Even though they did not buy it yet but seeing numbers in my cart makes me feel happy and make my day. The hardest things about being an entrepreneur is that hoping customer will like and buy my products.
Who do you sell to (and how do you get customers)? What marketing tools or strategies you use to boost your sales? Are you satisfied with the results?
I did my SEO correctly. Put on the Etsy ad. I sell to everyone in the world. I am not satisfied with the results now and hope to do better tomorrow.
Do you believe there is a winning formula for becoming a successful entrepreneur? What is yours?
I do not believe in a winning formula. My formula is to work, learn, fail, accept, and never give up.
What was the toughest moment you have experienced in your business practice? How did you succeed to get over it and move forward?
My toughest moment I had was when I need to change my listing especially the SEO part. I need to type one by one. I have changed them more than 5 times. I never gave up and learned every day until I learned how to do it correctly. I skip my hugs, my kids, talking sometimes eating late just to finish and complete the listing.
What inspires you when you’re creating? How do you get ideas for new products? What are some methods or tools you use to get creative?
Songs inspire me very much in creating. My little notebook which I copy whatever that comes to my mind because I believe the ideas that came across is very resourceful and meaningful. Once is gone forever. I make sure to copy down whatever that flashes my mind. I even appreciate every moment that has a chance for art to take place, for example, the way my son wore all my handwork bracelet. I took photos of it and made them into my profile picture.
Do you ship your product internationally? How do you handle postage pricing? What is the average time it takes from the order to the delivery? Do you use free shipping? If so, why? How do you package your products?
Yes. I tried free shipping but is too costly. So I handle the pricing fairly. I charge my customers a discount of 40% of the normal rate. I sent my products with DHL express.
What would you say are the key elements for starting and running a successful online business?
Consistent, hardworking, daring, creative, and innovative. Never give up and most important.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs who are starting out?
Never give up. Dare to fail.
How do you personally define business success? Is it money? Freedom? Influence? Creative expression and innovation? Something else?
Create something you enjoy. Earn from there. Customers satisfied with the products.
Describe your day-to-day operation. How do you manage your time?
I have just started and put a lot of time and effort into it. I hardly rest and spent time with family and have my own time. I hope to do better in the future.
How do you plan on growing your business? What is the biggest impact on your profitability?
I plan to sell something that is long-term and customers will be benefited from the item they bought. I do not expect a big profit now because I am new. I just need to grow my sales first.
What are some things you did to set your shop for success on Etsy? What is one lesson you learned the hard way?
Ready with all my products. I learned that having my products ready isn’t enough. I need to create more made to order products. The SEO part.
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I wish many people will visit my shop. I wish my sales will grow. I wish customers will love my shop and come back again to my shop