A Q&A With the Owners of Small Student-Run Businesses

March 28, 2021

Mikaely Griffin’s Jewelry Business

Woodson junior Mikaely Griffin owns a small jewelry business in which she makes her own products such as rings and sells them through Instagram.

 

Q: What kind of small business did you start?

A: “I created a business where I sold rings on Instagram.”

Griffin modeling various rings she made. Photo courtesy of Mikaely Griffin.

Q: What exactly influenced you to start a business in general?

A: “I learned how to make rings and thought other people would want them too, so I started selling them.”

Q: What exactly influenced you to start your business with the specific products?

A: “Some of the designs I made, I couldn’t find anywhere else, so I thought I could just make them myself.”

Q: What kinds of products did you sell?

A: “Beaded rings and wire rings.”

Q: Did you expect a certain outcome from your business?

A: “I expected a few people would buy some.”

Q: How do you feel about the overall success of your business?

A: “I sold a lot more than I thought I would, and it made me really use my creative side to advertise them in a way that would appeal to people like me.”

Q: How long did/do you plan on running your business?

A: “I didn’t really plan on a certain time frame, but I just make them whenever people buy them.”

Photo courtesy of Mikaely Griffin.

Q: Did you have any worries about starting your business?

A: “I worried about none of them getting sold, or people not liking them as much as they thought they would.”

A ring being modeled by Griffin. Photo courtesy of Mikaely Griffin.

Q: Did you run into any problems while running your business?

A: “It was a little challenging to find ways to send the rings to people who live far away, as well as delivering the rings in the midst of the pandemic.”

Q: Do you see a future with expanding your business and making a career off of it?

A: “I don’t think I will make a career out of this business, but it is definitely a fun way to get creative and make money.”

Q: What do you plan on studying in college?

A: “I plan to study pre-physical therapy in college.”

 

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Priscilla Bae and Emma Nguyen’s Bucket Hat Business

Woodson seniors Priscilla Bae and Emma Nguyen own a small bucket hat business that was run during the period of quarantine.

 

Q: What exactly influenced you to start a business in general?

Flower bucket hat made by Bae and Nguyen. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Bae.

A: “We (Bae and Nguyen) wanted to find a way to earn money during quarantine and do something in our free time.”

Q: What exactly influenced you to start your business with the specific products?

Bae modeling one of their bucket hats. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Bae.

A: “My friend Emma Nguyen got a sewing machine, and we saw a tutorial that inspired us.”

Q: Did you expect a certain outcome from your business?

A: “Not really, we just expected locals or friends to buy our products.”

Q: How long did/do you plan on running your business?

A: “We didn’t have a time frame and kind of just went with the flow.”

Q: Did you have any worries about starting your business?

A: “We worried that it wouldn’t get sold.”

Q: Did you run into any problems while running your business?

A: “We failed many times in trying to make the first hat and trying to find a good design pattern.”

Nguyen modeling one of their bucket hats. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Bae.

Q: Do you see a future with expanding your business and making a career off of it?

A: “Not really, because we are both going to college and it is too hard to maintain.”

Q: What do you plan on studying in college?

A: “Emma is planning to major in computer science, and I’m planning to major in fashion merchandising and business.”

 

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