Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in opening an arts and craft gallery but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Anthea Taljaard, owner of Eastern Shore's Gallery, based out of Jeddore, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Tell us all about your business...
We provide unique, quality handmade art, gift, and decor items from 70+ Eastern Shore and select International artists who reflect the beauty of the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. Our customers appreciate handmade, one-of-a-kind, nature/ocean-inspired work and unique decor items for the home.
What's your background and motivation to grow as a solopreneur?
I love art and beautiful handmade crafts, and I love where I live on the Eastern Shore. I appreciate the heart and soul that go into making a personal work of art. It is a joy for me to be surrounded by all of these pieces, and it is a job that I thoroughly enjoy doing. I am motivated by creativity, and this is a beautiful place to experience this together in a community.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Starting this business in a new country Canada, during COVID waves 1 &2, and succeeding in being profitable in year 1.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a solopreneur?
Accountability for everything -" the buck stops here," as they say.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run or grow a small business today?
Do what you love, do it well, and make sure that your cash flow is solid.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I was given good advice earlier in life, which I can share here. If you are doing something for 8-10 hours a day, make sure you truly love it. I do not consider this a job; it's a passion that I work at.
Where can people find you online?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solopreneur that you'd like to share, then email firstname.lastname@example.org; we'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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