Partnership in a small business often proves to be beneficial as it runs on the best of what two or more people have to offer. Two skillsets are any day better than one. To utilize each individual’s respective expertise, to take the venture to new levels and to soar together, how can that not be a good idea?!
What’s even better? Partnering with a loved one. While it might sound like a risky, jeopardizing situation, it’s definitely worth taking the leap.
For our Mother’s Day Special conversation, meet Erinna from Bubbles and Bongo on Etsy, who teamed up with her mom, Rosemary, to start a business, and she wouldn’t have it any other way! They both complement each other so well. Read on!
3 YEARS AND THAT HUGE NUMBER OF SALES! CONGRATULATIONS, YOU GUYS! WE’RE THRILLED TO KNOW HOW THE JOURNEY HAS BEEN SO FAR.
Thank you so much and we are extremely appreciative of the response that our shop has received. We never thought that what started as a hobby for both of us would eventuate into something where we can share our love for crochet with our fellow craft lovers.
HOW DID THE WHOLE IDEA TO HAVE A SHOP STRIKE YOU? LET’S HEAR THE STORY.
Initially, our thought was that we needed a way to support our yarn budget…plus, we were running out of space at home to store all our finished dolls! We were both a little nervous as to whether we were good enough to sell our dolls and whether anyone would even buy them. Eventually, we made the decision that we were going to take the plunge and launched our Etsy shop in 2015. Since then, we evolved into the roles of mum as doll maker (as she has better quality control) and daughter as pattern maker (as the frustrated artist who can’t draw).
HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE YOU’RE RUNNING ON SCHEDULE? DO YOU HAVE ANY STRICT PLAN THAT YOU FOLLOW?
We don’t really follow a strict plan. Each finished doll creation we have for sale takes about 8 days to make. As such, there is a natural cycle with how quickly those dolls are turned over. As for the patterns, at minimum, we aim to release one a month but this can be more if the creative juices are flowing (and if real work doesn’t get in the way) or this can be slightly delayed depending on other deadlines to be met.
WE’D LOVE IT IF YOU COULD SHARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE SHOP IN THE COMING YEARS.
Our perpetual number one goal is to produce dolls and patterns of the highest quality. This will hopefully be a goal we will meet and continue to surpass. For our finished dolls range, we are thinking of selling these using a “modular” model with customers able to... Read more