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.
Ruby Tuesday Resin is a very special feature and I am sure you will agree! How stunning are her resin home ware items? This business was founded by the amazing #girboss Ruby, here in South Africa. This local brand creates the most gorgeous serving boards – your guests will be totally wowed when you bring one of these beauties out! They also sell cheese boards, coasters and DIY starter kits so you can make your own resin beauties at home.
We chatted to Ruby and she had this to say to us.
Tell us a little bit about your business.
I specialise in unique hand crafted resin cheese boards, serving boards, coasters, bespoke coffee tables & artwork. Each board is unique, no board looks the same. Even when I use the same colours at the same time or on the same shape board, the end result still differs. I also just launched my own line of DIY resin kits and food grade resin.
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
I had to learn that starting small, instead of rushing to have a super successful business is the way to go. It was hard for me to accept this, as I knew where I wanted my business to go from the start. I had to learn to take a step back and be someone that is open to learning things along the way. At the beginning, I thought I had already perfected my craft and skills, but with the growth of my business, learned a lot of new skills. I started my business as a 40 year old woman with no interest or understanding of social media, and my business has forced me to explore this tool more in depth.
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.
I see myself being able to ship products on demand for both local and international clients. I would also love to have my products in more bespoke boutiques all across South Africa (and other countries). My biggest goal is definitely to have my own online store for all my products.
What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
Take that leap of faith, but make sure you have a safety net just in case! Build up your network and relationships with people in the industry you want to enter in. A network and support group is so important – not only when you start out; but also along the way! Find your tribe!
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worthwhile?
I must say, the positive feedback from customers, and hearing their stories/experiences with my products are amazing! This motivates me so much to keep on creating. Another part I love is setting goals for myself and my business and then reaching them! That sense of accomplishment is definitely one of the highlights of having your own business.
How has lock down affected you, your business and your team?
The lockdown has been an incredible blessing for Ruby Tuesday Resin! My follower count has nearly doubled! I had a great boost in sales, as more people bought products online during this time. I have been able to move into a bigger studio space and launch more products as I could solely focus on my business 24/7. My products are also widely available in stores/boutiques as they want to boost small business in our country. South African’s are amazing, and I would like to thank them as they decided to rather show support to smaller, local businesses during the lockdown. This has elevated my business to where it stands today.