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.
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.
Say hello to to my favourite travel goodies store – Escape Society! They are an incredibly cool online store that sell a wide range of luggage, sunglasses, clothing, leather goods and recently launched dog beds!
Everything you need for your travels. Such a divine local business to support. Their range is perfect for all your travel loving friends that you need to buy gifts for, as you mustn’t forget – Christmas is upon us.
So are you convinced and ready to shop? Of course you are! Here is their website.
We chatted to Kevin Lee, the man behind Escape Society, and he had this to say to us!
You opened your own business – How does it feel to be a successful business owner that inspires others and loves what they do?
It’s been an extreme adventure of highs and lows, but the most rewarding part is the opportunity to inspire everyone that interacts with our brand, whether you a customer or not.
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
-Nothing is cast in stone, so you have to remain flexible in your approach, to ensure our business evolves with our customers needs and market behaviour.
– A no for now doesn’t not mean a no for later, this is especially pertinent when looking to supply 3rd parties. The market is ever evolving and if you’re understand your brand position and the appetite for it in the market, the opportunity will arise when the time is right.
– Practice consistency, its important to develop a disciplined approach to your work ethic and brand values. As much as this sounds as a cliché, its much easier said than done.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
We have evolved from trying to forecast a long term plan, our immediate focus is to develop a strong base of process/values and ensure we’re consistently doing temperature checks of our customers behaviour (we pride ourselves on the notion that if we look after our customers, they will look after us)
What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
Start off small, work within your immediate community to gauge and understand if there is an appetite for your business model, this will would afford you the opportunity to a lot more nimbler/flexible in responding to customer demand, without putting excessive risk into your business and draining your resources.
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?
– It’s such rewarding to see customers and interacting with your business platform and with your product, a lot of hard work goes into every detail on our we communicate and the product we put out there.
– Our business is underpinned with a strong altruistic tone ingrained into our business model and values, because its a owner led business, we’ve had the opportunity to drive innovate projects in driving awareness around mental health and wellness.
How did lock down affect you and your team?
Its put us in a very uncomfortable position to reflect on business model and stress test our appetite for change, fortunately we’ve been quick in adjusting our personal approaches, outlook and business model to adapt and change.
If you ever feel like you need some life advice – check out Escape Society’s social media – the number of times I have gone to their pages and screen shot some of their pearls of wisdom – they are very good! Like this one below: