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

Lockdown has allowed me to spend more (some may say too much) time on social media and I found the lovely Martjie Sews through Instagram. I contacted her to ask her to participate in my local business segment and before I could even say one two three, a parcel arrived at the door with some of her pieces! Well my hair has never had such gorgeous velvet scrunchies in it and boy do they look (and feel) good!

Bridesmaid dresses, shirts, skirts, knitwear, hair accessories – she can make anything! And she can courier all over the country. So what are you waiting for? This young lady is so passionate about her business and what she does, it is truly an inspiration and she deserves all of our support.

We chatted to the lovely Martjie and she 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?

My business started very organically. My grandmother gave me her sewing machine and I started making myself clothes. I quickly realized that I won’t be able to afford all the material I want, so I offered to make clothes for others and so it started to grow. All the credit goes to my first few customers who decided to trust a unqualified inexperienced sewer to make them clothing.

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

1 – It’s always worth it to take a leap of faith. Even if you don’t succeed, you’ll learn something new and you’ll grow. Just do it! Don’t think about things too long. Chances are you’ll forget about it or great ideas will become vague, so just do it!

2 – The internet is your best friend and your skill set does not need to fit your dream. My mom taught me some basic sewing skills, but most of what I’m doing now, I learnt by watching videos and Googling a lot! I learnt how to design patterns, insert a zipper, and so much more all on the internet.

3 – Always do quality checks and don’t let any products go out to clients if it’s not absolutely perfect!

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

I would love to expand my business by employing a few people and also providing them new opportunities.

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

Just do it! What have you got to lose? Start small, but don’t be scared to put in the work. I had a full-time job for the first 18 months after starting Martjie Sews and I worked extremely hard to get to a place where I could leave my full-time job. It was all worth it!

 

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Also, be open to advice from anybody and LISTEN! Be willing to ask for help and find people who can help you. There are so many people out there who are willing to help and who would love to share their knowledge.

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

1 – FREEDOM!!! I love having the freedom to determine my own schedule and to create whatever I am inspired to create. Although I think that I’m working even more now, I feel more rested and energized. I think it’s because I really love every single second of my work.

2 – I love working from home and being able to support my husband more (I think Nossie, our dog, also likes it :)). I always wanted to be a stay at home mom. The ‘mom’ part isn’t there yet, but I’ve got the ‘stay at home’ part covered!

How has lock down affected you and your team?

My business has actually grown during lockdown. I made heaps of masks, which increased my client base and it was a huge boost which I am very thankful for. Now the trick is just to keep on going at the same pace!

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Looking for something special? Martjie is the lady for you! If you have the vision, she can sew it ๐Ÿ™‚ Contact her through her Instagram page! She would love the support x

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Ohhh I love Martjie, I love her clothes and her music. Okay, her husband as well. ๐Ÿ™‚
    And what a nice blogpost you did. Well done to both of you.