One of the first times I met Lori was on a park bench near where our kids were playing. I recognized her from a couple of previous pop up events and from 'meeting' on social media. I called out, "Hey - you're Khaos Crafts!" (Thanks goodness I was talking to the right person!) It was awesome getting to hang out and watch her work. All of her creations are so bright and full of love that you can't help but pick through her table and smile at all the happy little faces looking back at you. Hope you enjoy learning more about this bad babe today!
Trust your struggle and make sure you are doing what is best for your business.
How did you get started with your business?
In 2012 I opened an Etsy store with a few bows and scarves, I was home with my first kid and looking for a way to make some toys for my kid and generate some income as a stay at home mom. But, it wasn’t until I began to pop up at events that I actually gained success in my business.
It was in 2016 that my business actually took off with Frida Khalo keychains. I was exploring amigurumi and made a Frida Khalo keychain, I shared it on Instagram and I got several orders and lots of love. Creating for those orders was the best feeling ever. Later that year I attended my first pop up event at The Washington Neighborhood Center in Sacramento, I only had about 10 Frida Kahlo charms on my table and I was a nervous wreck leading up to that first experience. By the end of that day I had received so much love and support that it motivated me to continue to attend more pop up events.
What do you enjoy most about being a small business owner?
As a small business owner I enjoy the freedom of creating my own products, crocheting at home or on the go. I also really enjoy the smiles, laughter, and excitement I get from customers when they see my toys for the first time.
What’s the hardest thing about being a small business owner?
The hardest part about being a small business owner for me is running my business while learning how to run my business. I majored in Sociology not business. I love making things not keeping track of numbers, data, and statistics. Keeping organized is a daily struggle.
What's the best advice you have for women who are just starting out?
The best advice I have for a woman just starting out is to ignore the stress and anxiety and just keep pushing forward. Trust your struggle and make sure you are doing what is best for your business. Communicating with other business owners is also very helpful, it’s helped build my confidence as a maker and business owner and has helped motivate me to keep my business going by opening doors for new opportunities, friendships, and helpful advice.
What is one skill you have that unexpectedly benefited you in your line of work?
My interpersonal skills have benefited me a great deal. Pop ups are a team effort, we (the artisans) are all working collectively to create an experience for the public at any event. My ability to work well with others has benefited me greatly by making the pop up experience much more positive and ultimately fun. I always look forward to seeing other artisans communicating with them about upcoming events, successes, failures, and personal goals.
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