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 discovered Miss H Jewellery Design through a friend and was so impressed! Her pieces are really divine, and I LOVE the pieces she makes based on actual kiddies artwork – I mean how rad? See pics below πŸ™‚

So I reached out to Miss H herself, Hildegard, to tell us a little bit about herself and her business, and this is what she had to say!

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

I have been dreaming of running my own business for the longest time! I love waking up in the morning, knowing the hard hustle for the day ahead will be done for myself. It is so rewarding knowing that I am the one generating my own income by doing something I love and by making beautiful things. It brings me great joy knowing that each and every hard hour’s work means I am working towards bettering my own business!

I do hope I am inspiring to some. It would make me so happy if only one person can take something positive away from my journey as a #girlboss. Owning your own business comes with so many challenges, if I can make someone’s road to success a little less difficult, that would be a win!!

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

* Finding the strength and motivation to persist, even when giving up feels like the best and easiest solution, is one of the hardest things I have had to deal with.

I have thought of quitting and moving on to something else countless times, but a #girlboss has to get back up, dust herself off, and get back to work.

* Staying disciplined, and making the right choices are key! Staying in bed on winter mornings for example, sounds like heaven, but in 3 months’ time you won’t even remember doing it. Getting up and doing what must be done, will have a much bigger impact in 3 months’ time, with visible results. When I need a little inspiration, I remind myself of Abraham Lincoln’s quote: “Discipline is choosing between what you want now, or what you want most!”

* A day only has 24 hours unfortunately, and things take so much longer than anticipated. Finding the time to get to everything each day is so tricky, so it will often mean very long working hours, even if you manage your time wisely.

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

When I think about the future, I get all giddy!

I don’t have formal training in jewellery design and manufacture, so I am still learning new skills and practicing everyday that I get to work! I am so excited to see what I will be capable of in 5 year’s time.

We currently sell online, and supply a few stores! I would love to grow this aspect of the business to be much bigger than it currently is!

And then, having my own retail and studio space is definitely one of my biggest goals for Miss H! I would love to have a space where jewellery addicts can feast their eyes on beautiful pieces and spoil themselves rotten with our jewellery. I would love for clients to be able to visit us – not only will they get a sense of what goes into the process of manufacturing jewellery, but they will also be able to discuss their ideas with me in person! Can’t wait…!!

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

You have to be 100% sure that you are willing to commit to your business, and that you are ready to work endless hours. It also helps to be passionate about your new venture! If not, rather stay put until you know exactly what it is that you want to do!

If you are sure, don’t wait!! Start planning, start saving money, set goals and take the leap! You might hate yourself for it (often), but eventually you will thank yourself for it.

And then, some cliched statements that are so true:
* You are much stronger than you think. And capable of so much more than you ever thought you would be!
* Don’t doubt yourself, the choices you make or your business! If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will!
* When life, or the business gets a bit much, take the time to remind yourself of your goals!
* Do you! There is no point in trying to copy anyone else!

Look at these pics of the Kiddies Artwork and Handwriting pendants – these are very popular with Miss H’s clients!

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

* I am extremely proud of myself, and that alone makes it so worth it! I sometimes have to pinch myself when I think about everything that I have achieved! I build my business from nothing, so I have a huge sense of accomplishment!

* I love the fact that I can create special pieces for clients that they will treasure for a long time to come. It means that I am not only creating beautiful things (which some might see as unimportant), but pieces with meaning!

* Does spending lots of time with my favourite dog, Basil count? πŸ™‚

basil with dollar sign chain

——– > (Maughin) OF COURSE IT COUNTS!! Basil is wearing a custom Dollar sign tag that Miss H made for him! HOW FLIPPING COOL? I better not tell my Mac or he will want one too πŸ™‚

Please check out Miss H Jewellery Design’s Facebook and Instagram pages for more! Or head to their stunning website for an overload of beautiful products!

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