So as you all know I love to support local and started a segment where we could share, learn and inspire! It is so important to support local and share your findings with others.
During lock down, we are going to do a whole lot of these to highlight these businesses – many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time – and shed some awareness and love to all.
I love finding new and exciting brands and this was a super find! dor&kie make the most awesome and unique wooden jewellery and I have fallen in love. Not to mention their candles sticks, napkin rings and vases – too divine for words. These statement pieces are lovingly made here in South Africa, by hand.
We chatted to dor&kie and they had this to say!
You opened your own business – How does it feel to be a successful business owner that inspires others and loves what they do?
It feels very rewarding to have my own business, and the experience of creating something that brings joy to someone is just the best.
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
Time management! Managing your time and making your day more productive is such a hard lesson (and can be quite costly) to learn. Also having to acknowledge areas where I’m lacking and employing or sourcing someone more effective to manage that part of your business is also very important. And the third one is realising my self worth, not to under value your own work/product/service.
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.
Gosh, I really don’t know with our current situation. If you asked me this question last year, I had a quick response, but everything is so uncertain since Covid. My aim was to establish more of a international network, but all the international fairs and exhibitions have been cancelled for 2020, so I really don’t know what 2021 will bring. My plan was for the next 5 years to expand my product range into more interior objects and attend design fairs in Europe to make contact with retailers/customers there. But for now we’ll have to wait and see.
What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
It is scary, and it won’t get less scary, even when you’re successful there’s that constant nagging feeling of “what if”, since you don’t know what tomorrow will bring. You do get used to the uncertainty, and you get better with managing the fear though. If the urge to do your own thing is very strong and you believe in your product/idea, then go for it. Although not every product or idea is a success, and that’s a hard lesson to learn, it doesn’t mean you can’t try again.
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?
As a creative, the best part is being able to create my own designs and see them evolve into a product. Exploring the whole process of concept, to execution to final result/product all in-house is so rewarding. Spreading happiness and joy around you by creating something that is beautiful is also great!
How has lock down affected you and your team?
Luckily our workshop and studio is based at our house, so the immediate day to day operations didn’t change that much for us.
Although sourcing materials to manufacture our products quickly became a problem and I had to be creative by designing products with materials we had on hand. Which grew into a new range, so that wasn’t that bad, but the lockdown had a huge negative impact on the retail sector, so we had to really scramble to get our online shop up to date and promote that as an alternative to the brick and mortar shops.
I’m hoping that things will improve now that most shops can open again, although the tourist industry will still be struggling for a while.