Design Divas: Kate Kumar of Locally Produced for You

A little while ago I came across a great Facebook Page grouping together local design and craft businesses. You may remember the post where I succumbed to some beautiful glass earrings? Well that was all down to our featured Design Diva today – Kate Kumar, who has set up her business to help support and promote small businesses that need a helping hand. Over to Kate to tell us more…..

What’s your name? Kate Kumar

How many children and old are they? I have 3 children, my eldest daughter is 6 years old and I have twins who are nearly 3.

What is the name of your business?  Locally Produced for You

What is your business and when did you start it?

I launched Locally Produced for You in December 2011. It is a website that I have designed to bring together and promote small businesses in Nottinghamshire who do not have their own shop to show off their products.  I welcome all businesses crafters, designers and those who carefully buy in their products. I wanted Locally Produced for You to be a place where customers could visit and easily find someone on their doorstep when looking for a gift and a place events planners could find potential stallholders. Since its launch the site has been well received and has developed to include an events calendar that lists local events and a workshop and classes page.

 What was the inspiration behind your business?

Whilst on maternity leave with my eldest daughter I started my own small business from home selling organic and fairly traded children’s clothes. I have attended various local events selling my products and have met so many lovely people who are trying to grow their own small businesses and are selling really beautiful products. I know how hard it is to get yourself known and remembered after an event, how expensive advertising can be and it struck me that there are so many people busy working at home with fabulous products that even their neighbours may not know about and so I started Locally Produced for You – a website more than just a directory it is a place where you can find and support a business on your doorstep and a place businesses not only are listed but actively promoted too.

Can you share 3 positive aspects about being a business mum?

The best bit about being a business mum is being able to be at home with my youngest children and be able to take my eldest daughter to school and pick her up every day.  I love that Locally Produced for You encourages my creativity,  something I felt stifled with in my previous work.  I also love the freedom being your own running your own business brings being able to make my own decisions and take the business in the direction I want.

Any downsides?

Because I work from home and the hours aren’t structured sometimes it is difficult to switch off and know when to stop working. Also as my job is my own creation sometimes it feels like people think it is a hobby.

 How do you keep motivated?

I really love what I do and that is the biggest motivator.  I have such a passion to make it work and it’s a great feeling getting feedback and watching the site grow. I am also promoting amazingly talented people and seeing their new products/designs keeps me very motivated to shout about what they are doing.

 Would you change anything you’ve done in building and developing your business?

I am still in the early stages of this business though in an ideal world it would have been great to have had extra capital to launch the site. However, I am really happy with its progress so far. I feel I have learnt such a lot from my children’s clothing business both in terms of financial, promotion and technical aspects of running a business that I am trying to use this knowledge with Locally Produced for You.

What tips would you give anyone wanting to start their own design/craft/interiors business?

Don’t give up. Get as much advice as you can there is always someone who has been there or is going through a similar thing to you. Don’t be too hard on yourself it takes time to build a business and you have to try lots of different things to find out what will work. Have fun with it too and keep in mind the reason you started.

Thanks for sharing this with us Kate, we wish you loads of luck with your venture. It’s really fantastic to see you supporting local businesses in this way!

You can find out more about Locally Produced for You through the following links:

Website – http://www.locallyproducedforyou.co.uk

Blog – http://locallyproducedforyou.wordpress.com/

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Locally-Produced-for-You/239137336144012

Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/locprod4you

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