What is your business name and how did you come up with it?
It is WoodKrazy and I believe it’s self-explanatory! We are crazy about wood :-)
What products do you sell?
I sell handmade wooden frames with string and pegs to attach photos, messages or even wedding table lists. We offer different designs, sizes and colours.
All frames are made to order so can be customised.
What does a typical day look like?
Our journey with frames has just started so we spend a lot of time on marketing, designing and creating new frames and researching.
What hours are you open?
It is an online shop so we are open anytime as we offer our products worldwide. However, it doesn’t mean we would reply to a message in the middle of the night :-)
How many people are behind your business?
It is myself and my husband so a marriage teamwork :) He makes the bare frames and I do everything else :-)
When did you launch?
It all started in April last year!
What's your favourite part of running your business?
Creating the frames and coming up with new ideas and designs.
What got you into the business?
November 2017, we moved into a bigger house with bare walls. I wanted something low cost to display the many photos we have from holidays, walking trips and life with kids so I did some research and came up with the idea of the frame. Since my husband is very good with DIY and wood (son of a joiner!) I asked him to make 2 frames and I added the other bits and pieces. Friends who visited us and friends on Facebook loved the idea so I thought we could try and sell them!
What makes your business unique?
The fact that the actual frames are handmade and hand painted or stained with exceptional quality and craftsmanship from real wood, not MDF.
Have you any previous experience or interest in this field?
Not really, although my husband has done some joinery projects for our house including tables, a gate or a sand pit.
Do you have a shop/website?
Yes, it is www.etsy.com/shop/woodkrazy
Do you offer specialist services?
Yes, all our frames are made to order and can be customised.
Where are you located? Does your location reflect your product?
We are in Yorkshire so I’m not sure if the location reflects the product! ;-)
Do you ship worldwide?
Yes, we ship to EU countries, USA, Canada, and Australia.
Do the seasons affect your business?
No, we are open all year round and the seasons don’t really affect our business.
Do you have any projects coming up?
Yes, I have many new ideas including frames for hanging keys.
What has been your biggest achievement in your business?
My first order and a very happy client! The frame went all the way from UK to Miami so I was hoping it would get there undamaged!
What has been your biggest hurdle?
Nothing comes to my mind so far.
What do you think has made your business successful?
I am not sure I can answer that question yet as we have only just started.
What advice would you give someone looking to start a business?
Do something that you like and are passionate about as it will not only give you pleasure in your work but also motivation to continue even if you come across some difficulties!
What is your price range of products?
Frames start from £20 for the smallest sizes and basic designs.
What are your popular products?
Where do you see your business in 5 years' time?
Successful and growing.
Tell us a little about you the owner?
All my professional life I worked as a face to face, mainly public sector interpreter and translator of certified documents.
If you had to describe your business in five words, what would they be?
By hand, with love, from wood…that’s 6 actually ;-)
Who is your business aimed at?
People who have many photos ;-) and like unusual solution in their houses. But also couples getting married who are looking for something different and quirky at their reception.
What makes you stand out from your competitors?
I believe we offer exceptional quality for a reasonable price. Also our frames are unique and handmade. Not many people can offer that.
Website – www.etsy.com/shop/woodkrazy
Instagram - @woodkrazyframes