Thursday, 4 July 2013

Interview: JellyBean Home Decor & Gifts

Our Keepsake Business of the week was awarded to Anastacia of JellyBean Home Decor & Gifts as we felt she had made a great contribution to the page over the course of the week. We choose one business to win the award on a Friday and they get to feature as our cover photo over the weekend! We also like to find out more about the business so we ask some questions, these will be shared on the Facebook page as well as here on the Blog.

What is the nature of your business?

We make personalised home decor and gifts made to customer specification. What the customer wants, the customer gets  We make a range of items including freestanding words, shapes, clipboards, hanging signs, moons and so much more. Our product range is always evolving based on our customer requests. 

Who are you and how did you start your business?

 I am Anastasia, I'm 19, I'm a big animal lover! Jellybean was founded when I had to leave my previous job as a carer due to injury. I couldn't do nothing as it was sending me crazy, and having always been the arty type, I got creative and Jellybean was born. 

What is the best thing about selling keepsakes?

The best thing about making keepsakes is knowing each piece is never the same, it's completely unique to that customer and completely individual to their requests. I love it when customers tell me the back story of the keepsake, it allows me to really learn more about why i'm creating a particular piece. 

What are your short term plans, any events etc.?

Our short term goals are fairly simple at the moment, we're unable to attend any events at this time but we're working to continue to networking, build our range, improve our business to move to bigger things in the coming years. 

What are your long term goals. i.e where do you think you will be in 5 years time?

 I'm not sure what stage our business will be at in 5 years time, we HOPE that we'll have moved to stocking local family run shops, perhaps even with a shop of our own. We'd like to eventually have a shop with not only our items, but other small business' items.

Finally, Do you have any valuable information, tips or advice about being successful?

Love what you do, learn from your mistakes, be friendly and follow the rules. Our business blog on the website is catered for fellow small business' and is full of tips and advice about business matters, i feel it's important to pass on things I've learnt along the way.

If you are interested in Anastacia's work, please visit the website and the facebook page 

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a KBOTW award make sure you visit the Facebook page and simply interact!

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