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.
Who doesn’t like flowers? I have discovered the most divine local business that does preserved flower frames. Please can I introduce you to Skaam! Take your special flowers from an event, celebration (maybe your wedding?) and preserve them and put them on display. Such a stunning keepsake or decor item. Skaam also offers workshops where they teach you how to preserve flowers and they even sell the kit so you can do it at home!
We chatted to the lovely Simoné and she had this to say to us!
Tell us a little bit about your business:
Working with nature is a form of meditation and a creative outlet for me and I thoroughly enjoy the preservation process and seeing nature take its course.
Skaam preserves flowers and greens which is arranged and presented in a hardwood frame between glass. Besides my pieces, Skaam offers bridal keepsakes, workshops and our latest addition is preserved flower frame kits, which allows you to create a flower frame in your own time and where ever you prefer.
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
Back yourself – No one should believe in your dream more than YOU.
Patience is one of the most important aspects to keep your business afloat in the first year. Starting a business requires a lot of time, effort and confidence.
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.
I would love to own my own space where I can get creative, host workshops, have a showroom and exhibit other local artists.
What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
Very much the same as the learnings mentioned above. The first year is the biggest test, because only you know where you are going and why you are doing what you are doing. Your audience builds trust over time, so believe in yourself, remind yourself why you are on this venture and remember that good things take time 😉
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?
Positive feedback from friends, family and clients. Being on your own schedule and waking up every morning knowing you are doing this for YOU.
How has lock down affected you, your business and your team?
I’ve been blessed with great opportunities in the last couple of weeks, so I am grateful and lucky to be in this position. Lockdown has forced me to be creative and it’s been a great addition to offer more to my audience.