Congratulations to Barbara Richardson, the latest winner of our Pitch of the Week competition. Barbara is the owner of a great small home business named Shivari that specialises in bath goodies and home fragrances. We spoke to Barbara to find out more about her business:
“I decided to start my own business for a number of reasons. As a single parent to three children without help from my extended family, I was unable to cover the childcare costs that working full-time would entail and struggled to find a suitable flexible part-time alternative. Becoming self-employed was really the only solution.
I have always been a creative person and enjoy crafting things, so this business is perfect for me. My business is highly adaptable and I am able to change or expand the product line with ease if I get bored with what I am currently making.
The only problems I have had so far is initially researching the legality of making and selling cosmetics. I had difficulty finding out who to contact and seek approval from, but after this overcoming this initial hurdle it has been smooth sailing.
My ambition is to grow the business naturally by reinvesting. Ultimately, I would love to have a few of my own shops in physical locations complement the online store.”
Barbara was able to take her creativity and channel it into the creation of a successful online business. Have you achieved something similar? Perhaps you should head over to our Facebook page right now and enter next week’s competition!