Meet CAMpreneur SIDONIE OLORUNLERO of BIJOUX PARIDISE
Meet CAMpreNeur, SIDONIE OLORUNLERO…
Tell us about yourself
I am a married mum of an eight months old baby. When I went on maternity leave I was looking for something I could do for added income that I would enjoy and also be able to fit it around caring for my baby. I wanted it to be something creative. So I decided to embark on a journey learn the art of bead making. I invested in the materials and started teaching myself. With encouragement from friends and family I made my first few pieces and sold them successfully. So I started making jewelry for sale. The business is still relatively young but I can see the potential and the fact that it gives me a great work / life balance makes it all the more worthwhile.
The story about your venture..why jewelry?
I chose jewelry because it is a universal accessory. You can use it
To define your personality or just your outfit. One piece means different things to different people and to be honest I love a great piece of elegant craftsmanship. Your jewelry can make or break your outfit. What more does a woman need?
I also offer a customising service I.e. If you see one of my pieces you like but want it in another colour, I can make it in your colour of choice and also to specific measurements if required. If you have a special occasion coming up and need accessories to match your outfit get in touch and let’s work together.
How would you describe the “bijoux paradise” client?
What are some of your challenges?
My main challenge is finding clients and where to sell online and physically. As a MUMPRENEUR I don’t want a stall / shop premises because not only is this expensive it will mean not being there for my daughter which defeats the purpose. Being able to sell this online and advertising attracting the right clientele is a major challenge.
Words for young entrepreneurs
I would advise them to invest in stock. Its a relatively expensive start up with no guarantee sales at the start but unless people are able to see what you make they will not be interested. So stay true to your self, your plan and invest in small stock.
Upcoming events and promos
I attend craft shows and wedding exhibitions to showcase my pieces. My next show is coming up at:
Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SS
Date: 22nd of March 2014
Time: 10am to 4pm
This is a free event for the public so just register and come along we’ll be happy to see you.
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I am a very proud friend & fan! Thumbs up Sidoo on your new venture.Keep flying the +237 flag high! Have my eye on a few pieces..lol. Looking forward to more Bijoux paradise signature jewelry. Can’t wait to rock jewelry from my very own PP!
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Have a nice week ahead.