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She Hustles Interview – My Sewing Needle – Handmade Memory Bear Business

Stephanie, 40’s, Indian Trail, NC – My Sewing Needle

What kind of business do you run?

I own and operate a memorial sewing product company that specializes in custom, personalized items made from the clothing or blankets of a loved one that passed away or items from fabric that memorializes your loved one.

My Sewing Needle is my business name and I offer custom, personalized memorial sewing products and business coaching for those who want to start or grow their own memorial sewing business.

Memorial Sewing Products include:
Memory Bears
Memory Pillows
Memory Ornaments

When did you set up the business?

“I re-opened in 2016. I have been sewing and an entrepreneur since 7 years old. From 2006-2016 I owned and operated a marketing and publicity virtual assistant business while offering sewing services privately.”

How do you work the business around any commitments like family and friends, hobbies, other jobs?

“I schedule my family and friends first, then I schedule my daily exercise, time with God, and my business. I work 9-12 hours per day, 7 days a week. By planning my month out in advance (my sales goals, my speaking gigs, my vacation days, etc) I can take a few days off in a row without having to play “catch up”.”

 

 

Did you have any money to start the business?

“No, however, my husband purchased me a new sewing machine from WalMart because my last one was worked to its death. So, I could say yes, I needed the money for a new sewing machine.”

Was it difficult to start? What was the biggest challenge? How did you overcome this?

“No, this business was not difficult to start. The biggest challenge was sharing pictures of the completed items because most have been made and ordered for Christmas gifts which means my customers do not want to share the products with their family and friends open them. I overcame this by making a few as gifts for my family members and they began to share and show with others.”

Is it difficult to run now? What is the biggest challenge? How do you overcome this?

“No, this business is not difficult to run once you know what you ‘don’t know’. There are many things that must be in place before jumping into the memorial sewing business, which is why I now offering coaching.”

Any future plans for the business?

“Yes, I am expanding into a nonprofit and also publishing a book.”

Would you do anything differently?

“Nothing.”

Do you ever struggle with self-doubt?

“No, I’ve been a business owner for over 30 years, I have since conquered the ‘evil voice of doubt’.”

Any Advice for others wanting to start a business?

“Yes, seek advice from an experienced business coach that already ‘walks the walk, and talks the talk’ when it comes to this very specific business. Do not think you know everything about everything, because rules, laws, regulations, and technology change on a daily basis. It’s helpful to have a few business owners on your side as you start or grow your memorial sewing business.”


Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/memorybearbusinesscoach/

Instagram – @my_sewing_needle

Website – http://www.mysewingneedle.com

Email – mysewingneedle@gmail.com

She Hustles Interview – Blades Salon – Salon & Spa Services

Lindsay, 29, Saint Clair Mo – Blades Salon

What kind of business do you run?

“Salon and spa”

When did you set up the business?

“2013”

How do you work the business around any commitments like family and friends, hobbies, other jobs?

“I schedule everything in my appointment book, down to office hours, girls nights, family time, grocery shopping, etc. I set my business hours for me personally and stick to them. I take every Tuesday and every other Saturday off. It’s all about organization for me :)”

Did you have any money to start the business?

” I took out a small loan that I could pay back very quickly and did everything else as I had the income, instead of doing everything right off the bat. “

Was it difficult to start? What was the biggest challenge? How did you overcome this?

“Not at all. The scariest part is the risk you’re taking! You just have to make your plan and go for it! And then put in the work it takes to be successful. It’s not easy and I think that’s where a lot of small business owners go wrong. Be ready to work more hours than you’re paid for! But in the end, it’s all definitely worth it!”

Is it difficult to run now? What is the biggest challenge? How do you overcome this?

“For me, it’s difficult not to get overwhelmed. I work behind the chair, write paychecks, pay bills, run all of the social media and marketing for the salon, run the girls schedules, and dealing with that in itself when someone calls in etc, there’s a lot that I didn’t think about before opening a business. As far as overcoming this, I am just now to the point (5 years in) to be able to delegate some things. I am paying someone a few hours a week (someone, I trust, just wanting some extra fun money) to pay bills, run the email marketing, write checks, etc. I can then work more behind the chair making more money After paying someone else to do it, than if I did it myself “

Any future plans for the business?

“I am currently in the process of rebranding and remodelling which was my goal from the beginning. We have expanded our building as well so once that is done my main focus is to keep my girls busy and help them continue to build their clientele!”

Would you do anything differently?

“I could come up with a million things if I would have known what I know now, but I have a successful business with multiple stylists, a massage therapist, and nail technician and we are all like a big family. I would maybe interview a little differently but I have learned a lot since opening my business at 23 years old and it wouldn’t be what it is now if I changed anything :)”

Do you ever struggle with self-doubt?

“Absolutely! I think it’s human of us to worry that we may fail. Especially in a small town with multiple other competing salons, I Worry about my other stylists and keeping their books full, but that’s where the hard work part comes in. You have to keep up with your social media platforms and market your business to stay on top. “

Any Advice for others wanting to start a business?

“Make sure you have a solid business plan and have the time and will to put in the work it will take. Talk to other business owners in your area and pick their brain! And lastly, have fun! This is your baby and you’re the boss! You have to enjoy what you do to be successful! “


Facebook – Facebook.com/bladessalon

Instagram – @bladessalonstc

Website – https://www.bladessalonstc.com/

Email – bladessalonandspa@hotmail.com

She Hustles Interview – Erica Joy Photography – Photography Services

the female entrepreneur hubErica, 28, Las Vegas, USA – Erica Joy Photography

What kind of business do you run?

“Photography (Family, Boudoir, and Fantasy (princess, unicorn, etc.)”

 

When did you set up the business?

“2011”

 

How do you work the business around any commitments like family and friends, hobbies, other jobs?

“This has proven very difficult at times. When I first went into business I was a single woman living in NYC specializing in nightlife, an editorial model work. During this time it was easy to run a business with my main concentration building a following. As a mom, my concentration switched to baby/children/family mainly due to the fact that my daughter could join me for sessions 90% of the time. My now ex-husband wasn’t supportive at all so it was a constant struggle. He moved us around a bunch before leaving, each time I paved my own path to make my way to appointments and make extra money to prove a point. As a newly single mom to two little girls the obstacles are surprisingly less then I became accustomed to.”

 

Did you have any money to start the business?

“No, not a penny. The only thing I had was a camera my parents purchased me for school.”

 

Was it difficult to start? What was the biggest challenge? How did you overcome this?

“The business was very difficult to start. I definitely underestimated how difficult the business end of photography could be! The biggest challenge was finding my value, staying consistent, and finding clients. After 7 years I have found my style, showed confidence in my value, and simplified my business. It is still an ongoing process of learning and growing.”

 

Is it difficult to run now? What is the biggest challenge? How do you overcome this?

“Not as difficult as it was a year ago. The biggest challenge is remaining consistent for months at a time. I’m overcoming it by keeping off my website editor and reminding myself people are booking as is. I’ve also learned how to monopolize on particular holiday seasons and to advertise consistently during the off seasons.”

 

Do you ever struggle with self-doubt?

“Of course! I think we all do to an extent, but I remind myself of the plentiful moments of joy and worth I’ve experienced through my work the last 7 years. Looking back at old client albums, and staying in touch with clients always brings me back to a place of confidence.”

 

Any future plans for the business?

“Yes! I plan on expanding so I have the ability to travel for work.”

 

Would you do anything differently?

“If time allowed with my mom schedule I would have put myself out there more in the community/networking from the beginning.”

 

Any Advice for others wanting to start a business?

“Remain consistent and always remember your professional self-worth!”

 


Website – www.ericajoyphotography.com

Facebook – ericajoyphotography

Instagram – ericajoyphotography

Email – ericajoyphotography@outlook.com

 

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She Hustles Interview – Aran by Shrreya – Handbag Designer

Shreyya, 29, Delhi, India – Aran By Shreyya

What kind of business do you run?

“I run ARAN BY SHRREYA, a timeless, exclusive and authentic hand made brand.

Based on the traditions of India’s culture, we specialise in handmade accessories, primarily clutches and leather bags. The brand design philosophy concentrates on craftsmanship, innovative designs, contemporary functionality made with the highest quality materials. 

Our vision of being timeless is to stay beautiful and fashionable as time passes whilst the exclusivity of the product remains.  The authenticity of the brand remains true to its origin and sincerity.

The brand motto: “to create a unique experience for every woman in one of a kind boutique filled with fabulous finds creating a new standard of TIMELESS AND EXCLUSIVE FASHION”.

The brand expresses a philosophy of individuality and confidence that now applies to a range of clutches including BRIDAL COUTURE, READY-TO-WEAR, and LUXURY.”

aran by shrreya

When did you set up the business?

“Back in 2013, when I worked on a project with a design label specializing in bags, I realized that luxury is about hand making products.”

How do you work the business around any commitments like family and friends, hobbies, other jobs?

“Well, when I started my label it was very difficult to cope up with commitments and finishing orders on time as I had fewer helpers to assist with orders. Over time, and after going through a lot of experiences, we have organized a small unit where we have different departments for specific work. At the end what matters was experience and time because time is money. For families and friends, it’s easy to cope as the work has been systemized into my life.”

Did you have any money to start the business?

“Frankly speaking, initially there were a lot of issues and problems to start my own business requiring an investment that was way beyond what I could afford, but we say ‘if your destiny is with you, the ways open for you accordingly’.  I was working with a company who really loved my work, and they were the ones who gave me this huge order and just after that I could save for my business and from that day the journey started for my brand ARANBYSHRREYA.”

Was it difficult to start? What was the biggest challenge? How did you overcome this?

“The first few months were particularly tough and being new in the industry I had to learn every aspect from scratch, with investments being a major concern. Pricing also foxed me. Also, we had few workers, so I had to put in really long hours and do a lot of work myself. But thanks to the experience and insight of my father who is a businessman, I made it through the challenges in the initial stages of the business.”

Is it difficult to run now? What is the biggest challenge? How do you overcome this?

“Things eased up after I studied the market and I am able to put what I have learnt into practice. Today I work with a team of 15 people, transforming ordinary raw materials into colourful and beautiful products focussing mainly on bags. As the time passed and after going through a lot of experiences, we have organized a small unit where we have different departments for specific work. At the end what matters was experience and time because time is money.”

Any future plans for the business?

“Currently, the brand sells online, but I am planning to set to open up a physical store in Delhi. I also plan to extend into men’s accessories. Expansion has been on top of our mind for a long time, and we are just waiting for the right time.”

Would you do anything differently?

“Talking about different, I would want to make luxury inexpensive for the one who can’t afford and who crave for such fancy luxurious bags. I really want to be calculative about the technology that is cost effective and can make the luxurious bags to be affordable and would love to promote it with general audiences as my celebrity guest. I wouldn’t do things differently in the past, but I plan to do things differently in the future!”

Do you ever struggle with self-doubt?

“When it comes to my business, I am really confident about it. I really don’t have to struggle with self-doubt when it comes to my work. The experiences and the failures that I go through every day makes me more confident and pumped up to do more and more. I love learning new things every day, and that makes me motivated to do more in business and grow.”

Any Advice for others wanting to start a business?

“Just be yourself and listen to your instincts. If you are facing failures in your work, take it as a booster to work harder so as to achieve your goals.”


Facebook – aranbyshrreya

Instagram – aranbyshrreya

Email: aranbyshreyaa@gmail.com

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