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 found these awesome t-shirts and just had to share! I always get so excited when I find new local businesses that make such divine items, and I know you will love their t-shirt designs too. So South African and the designs are so cool! So let’s learn more about Raw Lines!

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You recently (end of 2019) started a brand new business – Tell us about it and what products you will be selling?

We currently sell a men’s t-shirt range of locally inspired, hand-drawn designs online and through Maytex Surf Shop in Durban North.

The hope is to eventually move into some warmer gear (we have a small run of fleece tops arriving next week) and caps in the near future, as well as expand on our current shirt range.

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What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own businesses – I know it’s early days but perhaps some insights?

1. Get your name out there. We have been fortunate to have a lot of support from friends and family, but exposure is definitely key, as friends and family can only take you so far.

2. Be wise with your capital. Given you’re living hand to mouth at the start (and sometimes for years afterwards), not blowing all your budget on one thing is important. Especially if that one thing doesn’t sell as well as you thought it would.

3. Regular updates on your social media. Aside from all the algorithm stuff, posting regularly is important to keep your followers up to date and in the know with your upcoming ideas and plans. It also forces you to keep thinking outside the box.

 

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Where do you see your businesses in 5 years?

This business started out as a sideline thing for me. I would love to be totally independent to work on it alone and grow it, without the time constraints of my current job. So hopefully in 5 years I’ll be there!

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

Don’t procrastinate! There will ALWAYS be an excuse not to start your business.

I had this idea in early 2017, but always had a “good reason” why it wouldn’t work.
You will always find an excuse to not take a chance on something, but you’ll never know if it will succeed unless you take the risk and start!

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How has lock down affected you?

Getting stock from suppliers has been pretty much impossible and the sales have almost dried up. But I’m grateful to God for my current day job, as I have at least had some income.

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Check out their website to order! x

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