February 20, 2018
**This is not an advertisement or sponsored post. I’m just writing about a small business that I love and sharing their story.**
One of my favorite things in life is watching someone talk about something that their passionate about. Their whole demeanor is enthusiastic and their face glows in a different way when you ask them questions about what they love.
One of my best friends from college recently started a business called “Beeberries” with her sister. They both took something they were good at, something that they loved and now they’re able to make money doing it.
Whether you’re looking to start a business of your own or learn more about this adorable calligraphy business, check out this interview I had with one of the owners, Holly.
What is Beeberries?
I am a calligraphy/hand-lettering artist, and my sister is a graphic designer! Together, we make all kinds of different art, and we sell it on Etsy.
Where did the name, Beeberries, come from?
My sister’s nickname since we were little is Bee, and the berries comes from Holly berries.
What is the best part of owning your own business?
I love getting to create new things every day and getting to talk to my sister every day. Because we own a business together, we are pretty much in constant communication, and our relationship has only grown since then.
What has been the hardest part?
It is easy to get discouraged when the great ideas in my head finally turn into products, and then they don’t “fly off the shelves.” Sometimes we have really slow weeks, and that is not fun, especially because art is so personal. But, I’ve learned that as much work that I put in, is what I am going to get out. If I am not working hard, it shows!
Why do you think Beeberries is successful?
There are so many ways for me to answer this question, but what it really comes down to, is because we want it to be! One thing we have learned is that setting goals that have nothing to do with finances is huge. Of course, we want to make money, but more than that, Beeberries is about spreading love. Maybe that means we set a goal to get five new products listed in our shop this month. Maybe that means we set a goal to answer all of our direct messages within 24 hours. Maybe that means we set a goal to facetime every week, just because it’s good for us. When it comes down to it, Beeberries is successful because we want it to be.
Is there anything you wish that you knew before you started?
I wish I would’ve known that it wasn’t all going to look like I had expected it to. In my head, I had all these big expectations and dreams of Beeberries’ future, and now, having been open for almost 6 months, it looks totally different than I thought it would. Having editable expectations is healthy and good for your small business. I didn’t realize this going into it.
What advice do you have for other college students wanting to start their own business?
Start brainstorming, and start creating now! You don’t have to have all the logistics figured out to start. So just start! Creativity can be incredibly vulnerable. I get that. And maybe your business idea isn’t product-based, but you‘ll still have to be creative to make it stand out. Find your niche, find the people that will support you, and start. Then, be willing to make mistakes, take advice, and keep pushing forward. Even if you fail, you’ll learn something great in the process.
Where can I buy Beeberries?