Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in jewelry but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Mara Opperman, Co-Founder of Louped, located in New York, NY, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Louped.com is the premier online diamond and jewelry marketplace. The peer-to-peer platform offers the only sustainable option for engagement rings, diamonds, watches, and more, without retail markups or environmental costs. The Louped process is SIMPLE, SUSTAINABLE, & SECURE. Our jewelry is sustainably sourced by YOU, not the MINES.
Tell us about yourself
Making an impact in the jewelry industry and knowing the technologies we help create are adding to a sustainable future.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Creating a successful business that has lasted over ten years. We were pioneers in the industry when purchasing secondhand was frowned upon, and we were able to grow and establish a flourishing business as well as help change the stigma about buying secondhand, which is now more popular than ever.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
The hardest thing is maintaining an excellent work-life balance. When you own a business, your day never ends. You have to learn how to prioritize. Also, when things go wrong, the onus is on you.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Perseverance- Do not give up, even when things get difficult.
- Having Tenacity- You need determination and discipline to see your business through.
Where can people find you and your business?
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