My First Business

Today I want to share my very first business with you. I spent most of my teenage years loving fashion, but I never quite knew where it fitted in career wise. It sort of took shape in 2003 as I started studying. My dad paid for my studies, but I needed to figure out a way of buying my own text books. I did have two jobs at the time - I worked in a night club (yep that's right) and also at Urban Degree and then later as a waitress. During it all I needed a creative outlet and decided to start a small business. I began by making flower clips (very aptly called 'Flower eCLIPse' - yes you can laugh if you like) and brooches. The name of my new business was... (wait for it) *glam Accessories. How unique (ha ha)! I was so nervous for my first meeting with a boutique owner to show her my wares. It was a challenging and exciting process! She placed a huge order and I was overjoyed. The making process was hard work, but my parents were so helpful - offering advice, helping me to work with costings and my dad taught me my first lesson on creating a production line (life changing)! When I received my first cheque upon delivery - I was hooked! The business continued to grow even as I moved into my first real job in marketing. It was my biggest love at the time - I spent all my extra money on supplies, I researched, I stayed up all night making and I was was always off to the craft shop. The 'fabulous' flower clips and brooches gave way to beaded accessories and I continued to get orders. I stocked several shops and created personal orders for clients. I loooooved it! I still own quite a few pieces that I made during that time and almost a decade later they are still in tact. This post wouldn't be complete without photos and I'm so happy that back then I photographed almost every single piece. So here they are... keep in mind changing fashion and skill levels and don't laugh too much!


And... my very first advert! What a beauty (he he).
What I love about sharing this is the fact that I'm still proud of these accessories because they were my first window into owning my own creative business. We all value those first few rands we made through doing what we love.

7 comments :

  1. Thanks for your comment Kelly. Yip - we sure do and each lesson teaches us more about what we do want and what we don't want :-) x

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  2. Ellen Jonker6/26/2014

    Fond memories! Remembering you glueing all those flower hairclips, and the whole dining room covered in multi coloured roses...

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  3. I just had to share it - ha ha. I was super impressed with the ad at the time & it even got me a few orders. Thanks for sharing in the journey with me :-) x

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  4. It had to start somewhere :-) It was an adventure. Thanks for your patience! x

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  5. Aw Nadia, this is SO inspiring! It's amazing to see how far you have come! This is like the perfect post for me... I just have so many things I want to share with you on this topic - I'm going away for 3 weeks from tomorrow but I can't wait to write you a letter as soon as I get back! Enjoy your weekend and thanks for sharing xx

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  6. Theresa Welgemoed6/27/2014

    Wow! I think it is great motivation for all of us creative business owners! You just kept on building onto that platform you set years ago. Right to where you are now - an inspiration for us all! X

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  7. Jodi Seale8/05/2014

    Lovely to know Nadia! Thanks for sharing your personal experiences with us, it really is greatly motivating and humbling to know that you truly can relate! :)

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