We recently had the privilege of getting to know another maker named Emma who owns Jup Upcycle. I hope you enjoy learning more about who she is and what she does as well!
- Can you introduce yourself to us, and tell us a little about you?
My name is Emma; I have a degree in Fine Art but after graduating became a teacher. This didn’t really fulfil my creativity so I decided to pursue my art and pursue setting up a small business. I got married last year (2019) and for our honeymoon we did a giant road trip around Australia for 8 months! We are now converting a van at home in UK because we enjoyed it so much!
- What niche/craft/etc do you do? How long have you been doing it?
I make products for the home from textile waste. The craft skills involved are mainly crochet, macramé and twine making. I’ve been doing it seriously for about 4 months, but I first started making twine about 2 years ago.
- What inspired you to become a small business owner?
As a creative person, it’s difficult to find a traditional job where you can use all your skills. Having a small business means that I can pursue exactly what I want with my creativity.
- If you look back to where you began when you started your business journey, what do you wish someone would have told you? Was there a secret you learned a long the way that you wish you new earlier? Or are you glad you learned the lesson when you did?
I’ve only recently started my business but a piece of advice that I am trying to live by is to be consistent on social media and to come across friendly because this is as important as the products you sell.
- During your journey, have you had any failures, or wanted to give up? What made you keep trying?
My motivation is wanting to look after the planet. When I’m having down days, I just remember how much waste there is and this alone fuels me to keep going.
- What unique perspective do you bring to your niche?
My desire to look after the planet is rooted in my faith and belief that God gave us the world to look after. I think this is probably unique as it is what motivates me and creates a sense of responsibility that I feel toward caring for the world. I also wish to pass on my skills and to teach others; my teaching skills are a unique element to my business because I have learnt to be a clear communicator and to relate to people well when teaching them.
- Do you do this full time? If not what else do you do? Do you have any other hobbies that you pursue outside of your business?
Alongside JUP, I work as a tutor: I’m a qualified English teacher for secondary school aged children. In my spare time I love travelling to new places and going on a good country walk.
- What is your favorite social media platform?
I use Instagram the most because it’s the easiest to use and gives the most visual stimulation.
- What is one thing that you need to succeed in this business?
I need some more skills in building a website and marketing myself.
- What is your biggest accomplishment in your business so far?
Hosting a live market on Instagram and selling 8 items within the hour.
- If you could tell your future self something, what would it be?
I hope to be able to tell my future self: “Well done, those long hours and weeks of no interest were worth persevering through.”
- What is your most popular item that you sell? What has this taught you about yourself? So far, the baskets seem really popular.
- What advice can you give to anyone that is thinking about joining the Galilee Life family?
Just go for it because it’s always positive to be part of a community and supportive network. Why wouldn’t you join?
- Lighting Round! Don’t think just answer:
- Beach or Snow?
- Books: paper or audio?
- Netflix or Cable?
- Tea or coffee?
- YouTube or Podcast?
- Chocolate or Vanilla?
- Sweet or Salty?
- Favorite meal?
- Favorite Book?
The Kite Runner
Anything by Steffany Gretzinger
- Favorite quote?
“Start before you are ready” – Marie Forleo
- Favorite Bible Verse?
A gentle answer turns away wrath. Proverbs15:1
Congratulations on your accomplishments Emma!