Meet Lisa Connor. She designs, knits and sells handmade handbags.
1. Tell us about your business and the service that you provide:
I design, knit and sell handmade handbags.I have a small handbag shop online called Artisan Handbags & More.
2. How did you decide to get started?
I started knitting handbags a few years ago, first as a curiosity to see if I could do it. At first my designs were simple and limited. Then I gradually started making my own patterns, based on taking apart old handbags to see how they were made. You’d be surprised what your handbag is made of if you took it apart. Then after encouragement from family and friends I opened a store on eBay. I had a little store there for 2 years then I had to leave because it was getting too expensive to keep the store.
3. What kind of background of expertise do you have in your field?
I am a freelance graphic artist. I graduated from Moore College of Art & Design. I do all my own graphics for my website and blog.
I do knitting as a side business. I have the artistic background.
I’m a self taught knitter and have been knitting for 8 years. I have worked teaching adults and children to knit. I have also worked in my local yarn boutique helping customers with their projects.
4. What trends do you see in your current industry?
I have noticed what’s old is becoming new again, such as retro designs updated to today’s fashion trends.
5. What things do you find to be most demanding about your job? The time it takes to knit.
6. What do you find to be the most rewarding about your job and your day to day routine?
I can stay home and work and be with my son, Erik who has autism.
7. What advice would you give to someone else who is interested in starting a business like yours?
If you love what you do do it! It won’t seem like work at all and you can always get help if you need it. If you love doing what you do other people will too.
8. What are you most proud of as a parent-preneur?
That I make work and have fun.
9. How have you been able to manage your time between work and your family?
So far I’ve done pretty well with time management. I try not to work late at night. I need to spend time with my family.
10. What has been the most effective way for you to promote yourself?
Networking in communities such as yours and twitter,facebook and word of mouth.
Finally: What does your “Milk Money” provide for you and your family?
It pays for my son’s medications, they are covered under insurance, but are still expensive.