I asked my friend Carolina Truelove about her experience as a small business owner. This year, she started a jewelry business. She makes all of the jewelry herself. If you are interested in some new jewelry pieces or a great gift for a loved one, check out her products on her business Instagram “jewelryby.care”!
Q: How old are you?
A: I am 19 years old.
Q: Where do you go to school?
A: I go to Wake Technical Community College/
Q: What is your business?
A: Jewelry By Care, I make jewelry. My main products are polymer clay earrings and wire/ bead rings.
Q: How did you learn to make jewelry?
A: I had seen a lot of ideas on Pinterest and watched videos of other people doing it, and tried it out on my own.
Q: What is your favorite thing about running a small business?
A: I love that it allows me to do whatever I want and create anything I can think of. I can do it in my free time, and I enjoy doing it with and for my friends, and teaching other people how to do it. I also love that I can make products for myself.
Q: What is the hardest part of owning a small business?
A: Finding time to make things and come up with what I want to make can be difficult with school and another job. Sometimes I just get a creative block, and can't bring myself to make anything for weeks at a time.
Q: What is your favorite piece of jewelry that you have made?
A: My favorite thing I’ve made are my rock rings, because I wear rings more than any other jewelry.
Q: Has social media played a big role in your success as a business owner?
A: Yes, I use Instagram to post and sell my jewelry. People have also posted jewelry they have bought from me on Instagram, Snapchat, and VSCO. Without these apps, I probably would not have started selling jewelry.
Q: Where can people buy your jewelry?
A: People can buy my jewelry through direct messaging me on Instagram or through my Etsy shop.