This weeks promotional blog post is all about the lovely Twysted Roots.
The designs Clair make are truly stunning! Here is a little bit about them in her own words.
1. How and when did you start your business?
I launched Twysted Roots at the end of April last year (2017) after a couple of years experimenting with wire work. Once I discovered how much I loved making wire trees, I started running out of people to give them to as gifts so thought I’d take a leap of faith and see if I could sell them.
It took me the best part of a year to prepare everything as much as possible; setting up the website, making trees so my shop would have something in it from the start, setting up social media accounts, business accounts, insurance as well as designing and ordering business cards, my logo ..... the list seemed endless at the start but as I ticked off each thing, the whole thing started to transition from just an idea to reality. I had a few moments of feeling completely overwhelmed with it, but managing every aspect of it made it completely ‘mine’, which was a great feeling.
2. What is your best selling product?
I can’t really answer that one because each tree is unique. But anything pink is usually really popular and gemstone trees, especially amethyst and rose quartz sell well.
3. What has been the highlight of your business so far?
So many! Winning #QueenOf on Twitter, then #SBS with Theo Paphitis. Having my work shared by Deviant Art on Facebook and Twitter (twice!). Some of the people I’ve met who are just extraordinary human beings, both for talent and their amazing kindness. My very first sale ... and every sale after that. There are probably loads more but those are the ones that come to mind first.
4. What advice would you give someone else starting self employment that you wish you had known?
I am not exaggerating when I say I was terrified when I started out. I’m pretty introverted; in any room, I’m more likely to be sitting out the way than in the spotlight so having to put myself out there to promote what I was doing made me want to hide under my duvet! What helped loads, was interacting with other sellers. I was (and still am) in a group for Etsy sellers. I never did get round to opening an Etsy shop, but the advice we gave to each other could apply to any selling platform and that was invaluable. It also helped to feel like you weren’t alone. So my advice would be Find your Tribe because they will get you and be the best support you could wish for. And support them in return because why wouldn’t you? You’re all sellers, working hard at something you love doing. I didn’t know it would be like that and I wish I had because I would have made starting out a lot less scary.
Please go and show Twysted Roots some support, their website can be found here