Business Name: While in Lockdown Website:https://www.etsy.com/shop/whileinlockdown/ Established: 2021 Questions answered by: Krista M
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
I’m a new small business located in Beausejour, Manitoba. I make epoxy resin coffee bean and loose leaf tea coasters, bookmarks, keychains, ornaments, and trinket dishes.
I’ve always loved crafting since I was a tiny human. As I got older, it got pushed back and sometimes forgotten, ya know being an adult and stuff. Fast forward to March 2020 with a Global Pandemic and a province-wide lockdown. Anxiety was running high and not knowing how long the lockdown would last, I decided to distract myself with the one thing I used to love doing all the time…arts & crafts! With that, I decided to look at the positive, get out of my shell, and open a small business. Tada! “While in Lockdown” was established.
With the Winnipeg local maker community continuing to grow, what is the most important thing you’d like potential customers of your company to know?
My designs are all original and being from here in Manitoba, it’s always great to support local.
What inspired you to start your business?
In the pandemic and province-wide lockdown, my anxiety was running high. As a way to distract myself, I decided to craft and create; that’s what I was doing “While in Lockdown”!
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
As an anxious & shy person, I like being behind the scenes. So, getting my products out there and opening an Etsy shop was out of my comfort zone.
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
Hmm, I don’t know if that’s happened yet, but maybe potentially having my products in a local store? This is in discussion at the moment.
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
Step out of your comfort zone! If I can do it, you can do it. Winnipeg is very supportive of small businesses!
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