Before I met Leah, I saw her cute little Amigurumi all over town! Her reputation for cute, quality designs preceded definitely preceded her. I was amazed with all the little details and the way she displayed her products; from stuffed 'mounted' creature heads to her adorable little jellyfish aquariums - I had to meet her!
The stars finally aligned between our market schedules one day and I caught up with her for First Friday in Oak Park. I love Leah and I'm so excited for her to share a small part of her journey. (Leah's been super sick and still made time to chat with me today - go show her some love if you can!)
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How did you get started
with your business?
My mother taught me to crochet when I was around 7 years old and I started out making blankets, hats and scarves. In my teenage years I taught myself how to make amigurumi with some help from the internet. My friends and family have always encouraged me to sell my creations and that's what I finally decided to do about 2 years ago when L. Nickson Designs was born.
What do you enjoy most about being a small business owner?
I enjoy having freedom to create when and how I want. I love the feeling that I am in control of my own destiny.
What’s the hardest thing about being a small business owner?
Competing with larger businesses and corporations. It's always a bummer to see work similar to mine in stores like Hobby Lobby or Target. Especially when there's factory made rather than handmade which means their price tag will always be lower.
What's the best advice you have for women who are just starting out?
Just go for it! Don't hesitate and really put your heart and soul into it! Don't compare yourself to others and seek inspiration and advice from others in the community.
What is one skill you have that unexpectedly benefited you in your line of work?
Don't forget to give Leah some love for taking the time out of her day to speak with us!
Check her out Online at LNicksondesigns.etsy.com