So as you all know I love to support local! 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!
It is so important to support each other over this time and I am so thankful to have discovered so many divine brands and products out there to share with my readers.
Check out this awesome Proudly South African business I discovered! SOOTH <3 Artisanal soaps and essential oils, made with love. The products use natural ingredients, with their very own lavender and rosemary growing in the Free State.
let’s see what the lovely Mariet had to say about SOOTH!
You opened your own business – How does it feel to be a successful business owner that inspires others and loves what they do?
If anyone asked me where I would see myself in five years, I never would have thought that I would be here. I truly just feel so blessed to be at a place where I can say success is on the horizon, we still have a lot of learning to do and there is definitely a lot of more in store for the future of Sooth. All I can say is that it wasn’t easy, it takes hard work, commitment and discipline, but if you really want to make it work, you can. So just keep going. I feel very privileged to be where we are and honoured knowing my journey inspires others to also start their own business.
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
There have been many challenges. I think the main thing I realized is that there is no one else who is going to motivate me every morning to do the hard work, so I definitely had to work on my discipline, to wake up every morning with a positive attitude and motivated to do as much as possible in a day. I am very passionate about what I do, which helps a lot.
I also learned that what you put into your business is what you are going to get out. If you walk the extra mile you will harvest the fruit of your own work. Every day is different with its own challenges and opportunities, so give everything you have at all times. That is why you have to follow your passion, so that you will always find the strength to give 120%.
Lists, lists, lists, I can’t go to bed if I did not plan the following day. Planning is very important and there is nothing happening within Sooth without it being written down.
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.
In 5 years’ time I see Sooth having an amazing online store that anyone can access and can order products from. I see Sooth being in as many gift boxes as possible. I would definitely love to teach and train more people to have the skills to make soap and all our other products so that Sooth can make a difference in the community as well. I would love to have a big production group in 5 years.
What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
I was scared but I did it, I didn’t have all the skills, but you learn as you go. Sorry for the cliché, but just do it. You never know what could happen if you don’t try. And if you never try you will always wonder what could have been. If you put in the effort, and if you don’t give up and if you are patient you will succeed.
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?
The best part of owning your own business is that you are completely in control of your own schedule, so you can arrange your day to be as productive as possible in a way that suits you. If you are a morning person like me you can start your first batch of soap at the crack of dawn. If you are a night owl, you can do admin to end off your day. And another highlight of having your own business is that you can use your own creativity and freedom to express yourself and try new ideas. You can create the way you want to.
How has lock down affected you and your team?
We have been in a privileged position during lockdown, because our main product (soap) is seen as an essential product, so Sooth boomed in lockdown. I wasn’t prepared for this and had a lot of long hours and late nights to get all the work done. It has been hard work but extremely rewarding. Lockdown was a very busy time for Sooth, with many hours in the studio. We are immensely grateful for every opportunity we had and still having to grow and expand the business that I so dearly love.