Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in jewelry but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Ramona Lim, owner of Ramona Lim Jewels, located in Montréal, QC, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Inspired by the Ikebana, the art of giving life to flowers is Japanese art based on floral arrangements. My jewelry collections are mainly inspired by flowers like lilac, daisy, hibiscus, and magnolias for women to wear every day.
I design and make all the jewelry you see in my store. Each of my pieces is meticulously handcrafted in Montreal and made from Solid Sterling Silver 925. I make each and every piece one by one and by hand, paying close attention to details to ensure my client will get a timeless and sustainable piece of jewelry made with love.
Tell us about yourself
I started to learn jewelry at the Montreal Jewelry School in 2010 a few hours a week while I was working full time in an office job. I was lucky to have the best teachers. They were so talented and skilled that they succeeded in transmitting their passion for jewelry to me. A few years later, I decided to open my own jewelry business called Ramona Lim Jewels.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Five years ago, the UK Vogue magazine contacted me because they were looking to promote a small jewelry business. I was so proud to be featured in one of the biggest fashion magazines. This was like a dream come true, getting high visibility at least once.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
I feel grateful that I was able to continue to have an office job while pursuing my jewelry business, but you don’t count hours when you are passionate. Being a business owner also means that you need to do everything yourself, which can be really challenging, from design to production, communication, marketing, sales, accounting, etc. Versatility is a key factor as you are facing a lot of responsibilities.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Believe in yourself and feel confident by working hard to get success.
- Celebrate the little wins to find the strength, and don’t be afraid of little failures.
- Be well prepared to run a business and be passionate about what you are doing.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
If you don’t try, you will never know, so better to take a chance.
Where can people find you and your business?
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