1)Tell us about yourself and your small business?
I’m Lisa, I’ve worked as a full time dental hygienist/therapist for past 15 years. While I love my job, I found I liked it more when I wasn’t working long hours. I’ve always loved luxury accessories, so I guess my business started from there, I wanted to provide high quality leather accessories at an approachable price. I started my business for more of a creative outlet rather than a financial one, but I’ve been surprised and humbled in the past year by the amount of people buying my products and supporting my business. I’m ecstatic!
2) Who inspires you and why?
My mother has been one of my biggest inspirations. She is now retired, but was extremely hard working. A typical day for her would start at 4am and sometimes she wouldn’t stop until 9 pm or later. She worked for market gardeners, so it was a laborious job, but despite that dinner was always cooked, laundry for the family of 5 was always done and the house was always clean inside and out. Her work ethic inspires me, so on the days where I have worked a 10 hour day and have multiple orders to fulfil/personalise, I think it isn’t so bad when I think how hard my mother worked for us.
3)Whats your most valuable business tip?
I’m still learning as I go and I suppose that would be a tip in itself – always be open to learning and making mistakes. If you’re thinking about starting a business, just do it, there’s never a perfect time to start.
4) Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 years time?
To be honest I’m not sure where my business will be in 5 years. I would like to be able to run All My Luxe full time and be big enough to offer employment opportunities for others. However, I would be happy and grateful if I was still enjoying what I do now and making my customers happy.
5) Whats your favourite product and why?
I love my zip card holders! They are compact in size and all your cards are so easily accessible, plus I think they look really nice even if I say so myself.
6) How do you juggle working full time and also running your small business?
It’s challenging, mainly because there’s not enough hours in the day, but also very rewarding. I love personalising products and fulfilling orders. I take care and pride in my work and when I receive a nice review or message from a happy customer it makes all the hard work worthwhile. I’m also very lucky as I have a very supportive partner that will run the household when I’m swamped with the business.
Because of being so time poor, I feel one of my business shortfall is the lack of social media posts and interactions. It’s something that I will have to allocated more time for and work on.
7) What do you do for you time?
I love wine, food, chocolate and cheese …. Haha, and how could I forget … coffee!
I have 2 beautiful dogs to keep my weekends busy. I like keeping fit and catching up with friend when I can find the time .
Thank you so much to All my Luxe for being apart of our latest small business blog. We all know that I am a massive sucker for anything personalised and I love all the products, I also think that the quality is amazing as well so its a win win if you ask me.
Well until next time, head over and shop up at storm,(@ALLMYLUXE check it out on insta) I know I will be, and keep warm.