What is your business name and how did you come up with it?
My business is called Mooi Creations. I wanted to include a bit of my heritage in my business name. My native language is Afrikaans and the word 'mooi' means beautiful or pretty. It warms my heart to see my logo on my products!
What products do you sell?
I make bespoke curtains, blinds and cushions. I currently sell some of my cushions on Etsy.
What does a typical day look like?
I am currently juggling a corporate job and running my own business, so normally quite busy! The plan is to eventually leave the corporate world behind and focus all my energy on my business.
How many people are behind your business?
When did you launch?
I have been taking orders from friends over the last year, and officially started my business about a month ago.
What's your favourite part of running your business?
Being able to do something that excites me!
What got you into the business?
I made my first dress when I was 12 years old, and never stopped sewing after that. I started making curtains and blinds for our house a few years ago and fell in love with the beautiful fabrics & textures and really enjoyed seeing how curtains, blinds and beautiful cushions can transform a room.
What makes your business unique?
My work is bespoke and I pride myself in the quality of my sewing.
Have you any previous experience or interest in this field?
No qualifications but loads of sewing over many years.
Do you have a shop/website?
I currently sell cushion covers on Etsy. My website will also be available soon : www.mooicreations.co.uk
Do you offer specialist services?
I make to order. It is lovely to work with customers to find fabrics that they love and then transform a room.
Where are you located? Does your location reflect your product?
I am based in Cambourne, Cambridgeshire.
Do you have any projects coming up?
I received very good feedback on some bags I recently made, so I am thinking of adding them to my Etsy shop.
What has been your biggest achievement in your business?
The first step is always the hardest, so I am proud that I got the ball rolling and I am now building towards my dream.
What has been your biggest hurdle?
Juggling 2 jobs and family life!
What advice would you give someone looking to start a business?
If it is something you feel passionate about, go for it. Otherwise you will always wonder 'what if'...
What is your price range of products?
My cushions start around £20. The price of curtains and blinds are determined by the size and fabric.
Where do you see your business in 5 years' time?
Fingers crossed, doing very well!
Tell us a little about you the owner?
I am a very creative person, that happens to be good with numbers so I have always worked in the corporate world. I have always dreamed of running my own business, and I think the time is now.
If you had to describe your business in five words, what would they be?
Bespoke, interesting, colourful, warm, inspirational.
Who is your business aimed at?
Anyone who wants a home, not just a house.
What makes you stand out from your competitors?
My business is small which allows me to really focus on what a customer wants. I pride myself in quality and my products will bring my customers joy for a long time.
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Website – www.mooicreations.co.uk
Facebook - Mooi Creations
Instagram - made_by_mooi
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone - 07590 828021