Learning Curve | #MARCHMEETTHEMAKER | PART 05
For the #marchmeetthemaker daily challenge prompt “learning curve” I almost don’t even know where to begin. Every day is a learning curve ?
Let’s go back to 2016.
Before launching Ingrini, I explored what felt like hundreds of different ideas and mediums. It took 3 years before I even came close to the idea of jewellery. Would you believe me if I told you that slime lead me to jewellery?
Oh yes, you read correctly.
When we moved to The Netherlands I struggled to find work in the graphic design industry. At the time, I also felt I had made no concrete progress with petals. All of a sudden, slime making took over the internet and after seeing how successful artisans were creating it into flourishing businesses, I felt inspired and thought that it would be easy (FYI, it wasn’t) and a temporary quick solution to contributing financially to my petal journey. I started investigating suppliers and low and behold, one of the suppliers sold jewellery parts – then I had my light bulb moment.
With the help of my fiance, Ingrini was started with a 50 euro purchase. From there I had to learn:
- how to start and register a business in The Netherlands
- how and what VAT and Tax is
- that not all petals can be pressed
- how to use and types of resin
- maintaining a website
- social media (btw, still learning)
- and the list goes on…
While Ingrini thrives on sunshine and roses, there are sometimes rainy days too. One of the most important, toughest and ongoing learning curve when starting a small business is perseverance. Persevere. Persevere. Persevere.