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.
And when I found The Giant Bean Bag business, I knew I had to share! Aren’t they just divine? I can’t imagine anything more comfortable than lying on one of this guys. I mean seriously. Made in the Garden Route with love, they can be delivered nation wide. They have been designed with comfort in mind – you may never want to climb off their giant bean bags! Please follow them on Instagram. They would appreciate the support!
We chatted to the lovely Paige about her business and she had this to say!
Please tell us a little about your business?
I was in the process of starting The Giant Bean Bag earlier in the year, however, I was working within the tourism sector at the time, so my little passion project kept getting put on the back burner.
Once lockdown hit I all of a sudden had free time and no job, as the tourism sector came to a crashing halt. I am loving the creative outlet that The Giant Bean Bag has offered me, and watching it grow and seeing how people have responded to my product has been so rewarding!
My GIANT bean bags are not your average bean bag… they are huge and incredibly comfortable, as we fill them with foam chips instead of the usual “polystyrene,” and of course beautifully made with a wide range of striking upholstery fabrics… specially designed for your comfort!
You opened your own business – How does it feel to be a business owner that loves what they do?
It is such a fulfilling feeling, I feel so empowered and energized every day. One to be running the business myself, but also being able to be creative and love what I do is so rewarding! I am grateful for all of the positive support I have had from potential customers and other small business owners.
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
You invest your time and soul into your business but realize that it takes time before you can reap the rewards. Give it time to grow, nothing happens overnight… I am still learning that!
Lockdown has affected so many businesses including mine, trying to source supplies during lockdown was tricky, but learning to navigate through lockdown has been a great learning experience, and has lead me to meet other smaller suppliers and with this, I have been able to support smaller local businesses which has been fantastic!
You need money to make money! Investing in starting a new business during such uncertain times was tough, but I had faith in myself and my products, so the initial investment has slowly paid off! I learned to believe in myself more, taking a risk is always scary, but there are no rewards without a bit of risk!
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I look forward to moving my business from my home workspace into a commercial space, where I can have both a showroom and a larger creative workspace. I look forward to expanding my bean bag range, not only to have more sizes, but also to look at adding other products to my range, which is really an exciting prospect!
What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
Trust yourself, don’t doubt your ability to succeed. Start with one or two products, test the market, and grow from there. I have found that focusing on one product at the start allowed me to work out the little details better, and truly perfect my product and brand. Create a name for yourself and grow from there.
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?
Being my own boss!!
Challenging myself to do what I thought I couldn’t do, and feeling such excitement to see something I created grow into a business I used to dream about running.