So as you all know I love to support local and started a #girlboss segment where we could share, learn and inspire!
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.
So I would like to introduce to you the most beautiful goodies, hand made with love in SA by HempLove!
Let’s learn a little more about them!
You started your own business – How does it feel to be a successful #girlboss that inspires others and loves what she does?
It is so humbling to hear that. I think often we get stuck in the hustle of making things happen, that we often forget to sit and acknowledge the progress. It is an unreal feeling to know with hard work we managed to build something in one year that inspires people and it’s such a privilege – to experience that type of fulfilment. But like I said, I have a big vision and we still have a long way to go to reach our goals that we’ve set out for ourselves.
What are the top 4 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
1. Organic growth is the best/only way to really build a sustainable business.
2. Don’t go too big too soon, especially with marketing and various campaigns.
3. It’s hard work – really hard work and you need to be able to push through when times get tough.
4) You can’t do it alone, you need a good team that you can rely on (we are an incredible team – Lara (co-founder), myself and my mom).
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.
We see HempLove as an international business in 5 years, with vast product ranges – both men and women apparel, kids wear, home wear and skin care. We like to envision HempLove as the sustainable version of Poetry – a store where you can walk in and buy all things beautiful, inspiring and simple feel good items. We focus a lot of our energy on building our foundations on sustainability and social upliftment – to always show there’s more depth to HempLove than just a brand – we are humans who care, who are transparent and we want to help build a healthier planet for our children and their children.
In 5 years we’ll also hope to have built and be involved in a few community projects to upskill women in local communities – we currently working on a very exciting community project focused on natural dyeing. We can’t wait to share this with the world. In 5 years we hope to be as sustainable as possible, sourcing our fabrics from collaborative farmers and partners in SADC and utilize the natural dye services that we helped set up in our community focused projects.
What is your advice to women out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
Just do it. HempLove was started at a table in a restaurant in the heart of Cape Town, where Lara and myself were on our second bottle of red wine brainstorming and manifesting our business into a concept. We made a promise to each other that we will not let this concept and opportunity slip through our fingers – and we stuck to that promise.
A little bit of background before this – I’ve had many innovative ideas, when I say many, I mean many. From starting a crochet bikini company, to developing my own skin care company, to weaving – and I also didn’t have the courage to commit and turn it into a reality – and soon after my brain baby, that idea would become a massive trend and I always remember calling Lara and saying “dammit, I should’ve done it”.
So for us, the fear of not doing it outweighed the fear of starting – and I guess that’s my best advice that I can share with females out there, who are eager to start their own business – the fear of not doing it is worse than the fear of starting. Wise words that was shared to me by my life partner during tough times.
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?
1) There’s definitely a bigger sense of fulfillment knowing you built something from scratch, with your own money and hard work – understanding the energy and courage it takes.
2) Being able to create opportunities for others and meeting really awesome people!