Lessons learned & Looking forward

Creative Entrepreneurs share their perspective

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“Attitude is the difference between an Ordeal and an Adventure.”

The beginning of a new year gives us time to reflect on our experiences last year. 2020 might have been tough, but sometimes, when we go through the hardest experiences we learn the most! These amazing brands share the lessons they learned last year, and their hopes & dreams for this new year. May you be inspired and motivated to make your dreams come true this year too!

What is one lesson you learned last year that you will take into 2021?

My personal outlook on life is to always look for the good in everything. The good in each person, the good part of each day, the good you achieved or strive for, the good part of your meal (usually desert in my case!) And especially in a year like this, it helps to really focus on the good no matter how big or small.

As I am sure for many of us in the creative industry (and everywhere else) it has been a very long and hard year. But instead of focusing on all the struggles of this past period, I will focus on the good I did manage to achieve. The biggest happy moment of the year I achieved in 2020 was the exciting expansion of the FynBosch brand. 

What are your hopes & dreams for next year for your business, and how do you plan to go about it?

An expansion in selling live plants – because I just love everything to do with plants & nature! And secondly my personal growth & development into floral design work. The past few months I have been learning & experimenting more & more within floral design, both with fresh & dried flowers. Resulting in another product that is now available on the website, 100% natural responsibly sourced dried flower bouquets! Fitting in perfectly with the aesthetics of the FynBosch brand. In the future I hope to expand my knowledge & skills within the floral design world. One should never stop learning. Creating bigger floral art pieces fit for any space, location or special moment (Possibly even creating one of a kind installations for weddings, celebrations or events!) Bringing organic floral design together with the art of weaving will always be my passion.

What is one lesson you learned last year that you will take into 2021?

To have faith in your own resilience. 2020 threw many of us more lemons than we knew what to do with, but as individuals and a brand we learnt to adapt. In the wake of the pandemic Kingdom of Wow! quickly adopted home production to safeguard our team and enable us to continue manufacturing. We learned, as many companies did across that globe, that this was both a doable and viable work model and offers more flexibility to our team and brand.

What are your hopes & dreams for next year for your business, and how do you plan to go about it?

Our hopes and dreams for 2021 are to continue on this growth curve for the business and establish our brand in the US. This would allow production growth and result in the creation of more employment for local women here in Cambodia. How to go about it? Just now we seem to be doing something right, so our plan is to keep steering on our current course and continue to have a lot of fun in the process!

What is one lesson you learned last year that you will take into 2021?

Nothing is impossible… Navigating Covid, lockdown and so much other obstacles gave me time to plan better and also get my processes simplified. It has put me in contact with fellow creatives that I would have otherwise not got to know and given me the last push to finally start my online business. The best way to start is just to start… You never know where your tiny dreams will lead.

What are your hopes & dreams for next year for your business, and how do you plan to go about it?

I hope to get even better at managing my time and business. Doing more of what makes me happy and being able to share that with other Tiny lovers. I am planning to move into limited edition ranges and try to plan ahead so that I can manage my time effectively. We have overcome so much in 2020, we are strong and we can do whatever we set our hearts to... beautifully.
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What is one lesson you learned last year that you will take into 2021?

Makes notes NOW (and throughout Q4) on all the collection development ideas that have popped into my mind and also things that are guided by what customers are looking for during this busy period, there’s no time for product development and design when there are so many fires to put out, but when the time comes after New Year to finalise the new collection, these notes will help guide me to make certain I’m fulfilling my customers needs as well as being inspired by my own ideas. 

I think the perfect design comes from a culmination of things and fulfilling the customers need is a major one, maybe not as fun as coming up with a whole new design, but it’s so important to stay useful, I want to be the fixer of their problems, so if it’s a new size range or a different cuff design, it’s just as important as a new addition to the collection. – and without taking notes, all this just gets forgotten after New Year, no lie, I think it’s something about the manic brain that I get at this time of year which helps me be super productive, it also doesn’t retain the stream of consciousness that comes up with new product ideas! 

What are your hopes & dreams for next year for your business, and how do you plan to go about it?

I’m going to go through the trauma of Brexit, as if the Pandemic wasn’t hard enough, we now have this Brexit deadline upon us after Christmas, tbh, I can’t even imagine what the future holds until we are there, there are still so many ‘maybe’s’. My dream is that it either miraculously disappears as the joke that it always felt like, if not, the dream is that I can navigate my way around it all and pivot my business (AGAIN, thanks Covid for giving me some practice with this) to deal with the road blocks that Brexit presents. In my dream world, the main focus is to develop my current winter collection to continue it’s popularity and to work on new interior pieces for the summer collection growing that in 2021. I also have my crochet patterns and YouTube tutorials to finish and launch, which could well be my ‘pivot’ that Brexit forces into reality, we’ll have to see.
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