Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in jewelry but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Zohreh Khodaparast, Founder of ZohreKHjewelry, located in Montreal, QC, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
ZohreKHjewelry is a jewelry design studio that I started about six years ago after immigrating to Canada. This studio is a continuation of what I was doing for many years back in Iran (my home country), but this time completely independent, with a lot of freedom of what I would love to do and explore.
My main source of exposure is through my online shop platform, but also friends and families were always great supporters of this journey I am taking.
Tell us about yourself
I started working on my individual business after my immigration to Canada. It started very small, but the trust I had in the process and the passion I've put into this made this grow slowly day by day to become the full-time job I have right now as an independent designer. I get inspired by nature and the organic life around me, the beauty of the individual and collective moments I experience, and also the emotions I share with others through each design and idea.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
For me being able to expand my passion to a full-time job that I can rely on as my main source of income is the biggest achievement I've accomplished, I think. Also, being only one person, figuring out all the details of running a small business was a big challenge that I overcame through hard work and constantly learning and observation.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Figuring out all the details which is happening behind the scene, I think, is one of the hardest things which would challenge the owner. Things like maintaining the online platform, marketing, and customer service are a few examples.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Know your passions, skills, and limits.
- Running a small business is all about learning. Be open to the changes along the way and try to find the crossing point between your interest and customer need as a place to start.
- Start small, and be very patient. Growing a small business is like making a jigsaw puzzle. You should put the pieces together one by one. With trust and confidence!
Where can people find you and your business?
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