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.

So today is an awesome brand discovery! The Colour Jar!

The Colour Jar offers a range of wonderful activity packs and books with South African inspired illustrations, which will be even more useful now during lockdown! The children in your life will love you for buying these. And you will be pretty chuffed with yourself too! The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and your kiddies will have hours of fun with the activity packs and books. Keep them away from phones and ipads and tv with these 🙂

This lovely business is the brain child of Marcelle and Michele and they had this to say!

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You opened your own business  –  How does it feel to be a successful business owner that inspires others and loves what they do?

I love every minute of it, even when it becomes challenging at times.

The Colour Jar was motivated by motherhood, travel and a love of art.

Drawing inspiration form the heart and having a passion to succeed is the driving force behind it all.

Succeeding in what one does, inspires you to keep on going and take the business to the next level.

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What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?

I always have millions of ideas of things I want to create. With trial and error I have discovered less products works best. It streamlines the production process and is more profitable in the long run.

Doing the creative stuff is so much fun and comes naturally to me, but if your admin, budgeting and organisation skills are lacking, you will loose money.

I have weekly dedicated time set aside for these things as they are just as important as the creative side of my business.

And lastly, I believe having good communication with our clients and service providers is of utmost importance. The age-old business mantra of customer service is king is so true and building a level of trust with our clients is extremely important.

Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.

My dream has always been to take the products globally.
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What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?

Have a sound business plan and goals in place and go for it. You will fail at some things and that is ok.

Learn from your mistakes and try and rise to the occasion to better yourself with each mistake.

Never give up, just do better.

Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?

I don’t like routine, so working for myself eliminates office hours. I still work hard and put the hours in, but in my own time. I am a mother and love the fact that I can always schedule my work around my time with my son.

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How has lock down affected you and your team?

We had to change our whole business model due to the pandemic. Initially the products were marketed and sold only to the hospitality industry. Now we have started selling to the general public. Which is a great transition since the initial concept of creating a product to help parents keep the kids entertained, creative and lessen the screen time is still relevant. Our products are illustrated with South African inspired illustrations that our children can relate to. Shops are filled with overseas products. I hope we can inspire stores to rather stock the shelves with homegrown, good quality products such as ours.

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Check out their Instagram page and give them a follow please! All of their beautiful items can be bought on their Hello Pretty online store!

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