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 discovered this new little local business that has popped up recently in Pretoria and knew I just had to share! They sell a variety of enamel pins for you to use on your clothing – picture some of these on your denim jacket, or pencil bags or shopping bags, backpacks, or caps. The options are endless! Please say hello to Put a Pin in It!

Please follow him on Instagram, they would appreciate the love! And you can shop online on their website here.

We chatted to the founder of Put a Pin in It, Enrico who had this to say to us!

You have just started a brand new business –  Tell us about it and what products you are selling?

 Put a Pin In It is a lapel pin shop that tries to bring current and relevant pins to South African consumers, so we sell a variety of lapel pins, as well as, a couple of accessories that will soon be available.


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

The top 3 learnings is tricky since we are still in very early days. Firstly I would say is finding a reliable supplier that works for you, I struggled with a couple of suppliers before finding one that was reliable.

Secondly is trying to grow an Instagram presence, but my advice is to promote a couple posts on Instagram (Facebook is more expensive so for a new business Instagram works better).

And lastly I would say the hardest lesson I learned was how to effectively communicate with potential clients.

Where do you see your businesses in 5 years?

Tricky one, because goals always change, but right now I definitely want 3 things. My goal is to have a market stall at a couple of markets a month so that is goal number 1. I also want to have the equipment to make my own pins, but it will maybe not happen in 5 years. The third goal I have is to have charity pins, meaning I would like to have pins where all the proceeds go to specific causes (My little way of helping out).


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

My advice is simple and short: Find a business you are passionate about, it will make all the effort to kickstart a business in these tough times easier and you will find joy in doing it.


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