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 – many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time – and shed some awareness and love to all.
I came across the most beautiful Instagram account showcasing bespoke furniture – pure elegance and beauty and found Murr Murr. Their bespoke furniture will leave you drooling!
In the words of their founder and owner, Mia:
murrmurr creates unique furniture, we see each piece as a work of art. The designs combine a striking aesthetic with optimal comfort, offering a sensory seduction while commanding the eye.
All products are made here in South Africa. Their products are beautiful but also functional – ideal for your home or office.
Let’s see what the lovely Mia had to say about her business.
You started your own business – How does it feel to be a successful #girlboss that inspires others and loves what she does?
It has always been a dream of mine to start my own business but I just did not know which field of design to follow. Then it just came to be, furniture design. I have always loved the finer details of design and furniture design just fit. From there it just flowed. It has given me so much confidence and it feels amazing to have started my own business and be in control of my own work destiny.
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
1. Start with a solid business plan
2. Your designs and reality don’t always work out – adjust to what happens and don’t look back
3. A business takes time to grow, so manage your expectations. It might take a few years to grow, but don’t give up.
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.
I would really like to have a manufacturing facility abroad so that I can distribute the pieces faster and at a lower cost.
What is your advice to women out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
If you don’t try you will never know, it is hard and even if it fails you try again. We can learn something valuable from all experiences.
My best piece of advise is to start a business while you have a part time job so that you do not have to worry about income. You can push all your energy into the new business and still feel financially secure.
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?
1. Being able to design just what I want to
2. Being in control of my day to day schedule and being able to go for a coffee or a run in the middle of the day.