So as you all know I love to support local and started a #girlboss segment where we could share, learn and inspire!
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.
So I would like to introduce to you the most stunning jewellery and ceramics, hand made with love in Muizenburg in Cape Town! Skermunkil. I have been following this brand and business for many, many years – falling in love with pieces as I went. As of yesterday, I bought my first two pieces on their 30% off sale and I am thrilled! On top of that, 30% of the sale price went to organisations and charities in need over this lock down period.
Let’s see what Marietjie had to say about her jewellery and ceramics business.
You started your own business – How does it feel to be a successful #girlboss that inspires others and loves what she does?
It’s funny but I don’t ever really think about it in those terms, being successful and inspiring. I kind of work in a bubble and just focus on the day to day of my business so I rarely think about being successful and the fact that I might inspire others. It’s a lovely compliment.
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
1. You can’t please everybody all of the time.
2. Don’t make things because you think they might sell, always make things that you love
3. People will copy your work, try and see it as a compliment and move on
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.
sheesh I think it’s almost impossible to imagine anything at the moment. I go between stressing about right now and dreaming about things I can’t even begin to imagine. My dream definitely involves a house by a river, a wonderful light filled studio and selling online.
—- (My 2 cents is that us Joburgers would LOVE you to sell online!)
What is your advice to women out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
I think it’s good to be a little bit scared, because it is not easy if you are doing it all on your own. Being a little bit scared grounds you.
I think if you have some start up capital it’s a lot easier.
I also think things have changed a lot since I started my business, there is a lot more support and resources out there. I would suggest they find support before they start.
Some businesses also grow bigger exponentially, this has never appealed to me, personally I think I would find it too stressful.
I think, especially in the beginning, they should try and keep their overheads as low as possible, and if they can help it, don’t get into debt.
But I also know that some people think big and if that’s who you are, you should totally go for it.
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?
1. I can structure my day exactly how i want it and that gives me great flexibility. If I want to go for a walk and a swim in the morning before work I can do it.
2. I don’t have to answer to anyone else and I can make whatever I want.
For now, keep an eye on her posts on social media to be wowed by the beautiful, creative pieces Marietjie makes! Contact her directly for any pieces you can not live with out x