Since last July I have been interviewing small businesses as they launch/ expand their brands through kickstarter
In each interview I would always end with the same question “Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to start a business?”
I have now compiled all of the answers into one advice post for anyone thinking about starting a new business
Take a good, hard look at that impostor syndrome. You’re more capable than you think, and your ideas and dreams are worthy. Don’t be afraid to do things differently, fight like a girl, or stand your ground. -Fourth Wave
Don’t be afraid to try to branch out on your own!- Ellie Grace Couture
Be persistent! You will hear a lot of people say no before you hear a yes but don’t give up.-Changeable Chewables
Get advice from people outside your friends and family. They may be scared for you to leave a “sure thing” (whatever that is). Spend time with people who leave you feeling energized, full of energy and most importantly, most like yourself.-QCut Jeans
Just do it! Don’t wait for the perfect, most revolutionary idea that is going to change the world. Just pick something you feel strongly about and start experimenting. It will take on a life of its own.-Jessy & Jack
Two things that have helped us along the way is a belief in what we’re doing and who we’re serving.- Litographs
Passion drives the business, you have to love the product you make! If you believe in it, you can make it happen.-Hoodsbee
Starting a business is certainly a very rewarding experience. But before you jump right into it, do a fair bit of research to understand if there’s a market for it. Send a survey out to your friends, collect data, do research on the internet, and analyse if there’s a need and how big is the market.Once you’ve done your basic research, find talented people that you would like to work with. Finally, be prepared to juggle a lot of different responsibilities and work really hard! -Saffron Fix
I always say, just start. You are the only one standing in your way. Nothing has to be perfect to start, but if you don’t start you’ll never refine your ideas or product. You can think and think and plan and plan for ages, but it’s more helpful to iterate once you’re already in the marketplace and getting feedback.-Wildly Co.
Build something that would benefit people. Profit is good but the feeling of contributing to something important is a better feeling.-Padkix
Rebecca: Get yourself a partner. A really super awesome amazing partner. That’s all I got. Eva: Ditto – they keep you going and hold you up when you think you can’t do it. And stay positive, not just about your own work but about those doing similar things.-Princess Awesome
This is NOT a sponsored post, just sharing a awesome kickstarter project!
Today I got the chance to interview Amparo Maru, the Creator Behind Padkix Design Lab
she is an LA-based fashion designer whose work has been shown in the Mercedez-Benz New York fashion week.
She focuses on sleek, eco-friendly design that breaks stereotypes.
How did the idea for your brand come about?
The idea came when I was shopping for pads at a local grocery store. I saw a pile of disposable pads with different brands, features, and whatnots but they weren’t really addressing a serious problem. How come they don’t sell reusable pads? Imagine how much it cost to buy disposable pads per month and how much it affects the environment as a collective. That’s a lot! So I gather some close friends of mine and brainstorm something that would solve this problem. And that’s where Leak Free Period Panties came about.
How did you get started in this business?
How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business?
I’m purely a designer by trade but I partnered up with a business development person and a video production person to help me craft the vision of bringing Leak Free to girls and women around the world.
What are the biggest challenges for running this business?
I think marketing is the biggest challenge because getting the word out is very expensive. We were fortunate enough to get noticed by our backers in Kickstarter even with little to no marketing money. Hopefully the support continues after the campaign.
Any advice for anyone wanting to start a business?
NOT a sponsored post, just sharing some awesome kickstarter projects
Today I interview Crystal from Qcut (Her business cards say CEO, but thinks of herself as the Cruise Director) Crystal knew she was onto something after hearing the same thing from dozens of women – “I’m hard to fit.” But there’s nothing wrong with you – the way clothes are sized today is fundamentally broken. Qcut is here to help with jeans in 400 sizes!
How did the idea for your brand come about?
This is NOT a sponsored post
Today I interviewed the wonderful ladies behind Saffron Fix
“Saffron FIx is a meal-kit service specializing in Indian cuisine. You pick a recipe and they will send you chopped ingredients, measured spices, breads and rice, to make fresh and delicious Indian meal at home! You can look them up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/saffronfix. So dont order Chicken Tikka Masala next time, cook it yourself with Saffron Fix!
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