I don’t know if you know me or not, but if you do, you might wonder what the heck this is all about.
Hi, I’m Nicole, and I’m a serial entrepreneur.
I’m joking. Kind of.
I own a jewelry company called Salt Water Tea. I sell online, in person at markets and craft shows, and at 20 retailers across Canada – including my own brick & mortar store Greater Goods. Salt Water Tea is run entirely by me – I design, make, and sell the jewelry. I email, I order, I market, I promote, I pay bills..I do everything there is to do in a business.
I have a business partner at Greater Goods. Her name is Pam, and she’s an organizational genius. She does all the administrative things that I’m not great at, and I do the marketing, work shifts at the store, and deal with anything customer-service or cafe related. The rest of the stuff we split between ourselves. It’s a good system.
Then there’s YYC Girl Gang. What started out as a group of girls trying to create more networking opportunities in the city, has become a full-blown business. It’s still run by volunteers – there are three of us at the moment, Chantal, Jill, and myself. We don’t get paid to do what we do, but we do a lot. We’ve got a weekly blog, workshops, networking events, and more to manage.
I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging, or complaining. I LOVE what I do. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I just feel like I have to explain myself and what I’m going here, because to be honest I’m not really sure. All I know is that I want another outlet to be creative. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE jewelry. I’m so happy that I can make a living making things. But sometimes, when I’m making the same bracelet for hours on end, it starts to feel like work – and that’s okay, because it is work. But I don’t even want to feel like I don’t have a creative outlet, because I’ve been there before, and honestly, it sucked. So I started Woolfield – to write – which has always been a passion of mine, and to knit – my favourite pastime, and to design some patterns – something I’ve wanted to do since I started knitting.
So bare with me while I figure this out, and see what it becomes. I hope it’s something good.