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.

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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).

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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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