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 โ€“ many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time โ€“ and shed some awareness and love to all.

The first time I came face to face with the beautiful Kaatjie Produkte brand was by chance scrolling through Facebook. I was blown away by the gorgeous colours – the pet portraits, the family portraits, aprons, cushions, fabric by the metre, shopping bags, tea towels and wow – the awesome paintings of local is lekker products like Steri Stumpies, Kitkats, Black Cat peanut butter – these would look amazing in my home – and yours!

Check out their beautiful colourful and fun social media feeds! The stunning imagery makes you so happy! Bright colours and made with love, what more could you want? It is inspiring.Please show her Facebook page and Instagram some love! Follow, share and like. Check out Kaatjie Produkte on their website here!

We chatted to #girlboss Malani, and this is what she had to say!

You started your own business – How does it feel to be a successful #girlboss that inspires others and loves what she does?

Grateful. Actually beyond grateful. Even after two years of this, every time I go sit in front of the drawing board, I am happy. Truly happy.

What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?

*You are going to make mistakes – and it’s going to cost you money. Make sure you have some saved up for those days.
*Don’t trust too easy. It is sad, but in business (and in life), not everyone wants to see you succeed.
*Some (and thankfully so far not a lot) clients are going to be rude and find fault with everything. Remember, your client is paying. So be nice, give your best, but don’t let them step all over you.

Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.

These days it is difficult to imagine how anything in 5 years will look. I have never been one to set specific long term goals… too much can happen in a day.

But my hope for my business, in whatever time, is to expand, have new ranges (clothes, bedding, etc), collaborations, be in the situation where I can help with job creation and hopefully be a household name ๐Ÿ™‚

What is your advice to women out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?

It took me a good ten years to just go for it. I knew I wanted to create, to make something, there were a lot of ideas, but I was totally overwhelmed.

Too many “what if’s” “can’t do it” – just negativity. I failed in my mind before I even started. So I got rid of that negativity and start small.

Tiny. I asked myself what do you want to do. What makes you happy. And from there, it was very tiny steps.

In short: Sometimes you have the big picture, but you need to take small steps to get there.


Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?

*To create. To send something out into the world that is you. A part of you. And it will always be there.
*When someone send you a message and say: “Your drawing made my day, it put a smile on my face and just made my home feel loved.”
I mean, what more do you want, you make people happy. You bring a tiny bit more joy, happiness, quirkyness and beauty into someone’s life.




Comments are closed.