Building a Thriving Business from the Heart
Have you ever been caught between doing what your heart desires, and effective business strategy?
Welcome to episode 072 of LOE Podcast with your #businessyoda, Shannon Bush! Today’s episode features Sonia Lyne, from Dandelyne. Join Shannon in a brilliant discussion with Sonia around building thriving authentic maker business, chatting about creating an appreciation for your product, with open and genuine communication between herself and her audience, and talking heart over strategy.
This conversation will remind you to come back into your heart space, to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing, with Sonia’s best tips for checking back in with your heart when things aren’t perhaps going so well, or your making a big shift in your business whether it’s a creative leap or working through tough emotions. Shannon and Sonia chat about communicating with your people – connecting and networking with the right people, through the right format. Sonia is also celebrating becoming a published author of her first book – and, about the common fears round copy-cats and how to handle it gracefully.
You’ll also hear some incredible tips on how to get the support you need in your thriving business in the beginning, and where to look for help and support to grow your business.
Sonia is the designer and face behind Dandelyne™. The home of the original miniature embroidery hoop. Dandelyne™ is about small-scale embroidery projects that are satisfying, rewarding, soul-boosting and frankly, just look so darn cute on any outfit. Her business began in 2011. Sonia chose to design and stitch her first family portrait; her family’s. Sonia learned to embroider at the age of 7 and had not embroidered since. However, on numerous occasions over the years she remembered how it made her feel: EUPHORIC. The little flame that was ignited so many years ago suddenly became an enormous, crazy bushfire! As Sonia stitched, she found herself daydreaming not only about small and simple embroidery projects but also about small, teeny tiny embroidery hoops. To quote the film Robots, “See a need, fill a need.” Sonia thought if she wanted tiny projects and tiny hoops there must be others who wanted these too! At the time she designed the Dandelyne miniature hoop there was absolutely nothing like it out there, and Sonia is proud to say that she is the original designer. Now, Stitchers worldwide can frame their stitchy awesomeness and wear it loud and proud in a Dandelyne mini embroidery hoop.
Notable Quotes and Pearls of Wisdom
“My best business decisions come from my heart.”
“Consistency of communication and authenticity are instrumental for your business to grow.”
“Copy the bajeezus out of other people, it develops your style – but don’t sell it and leave it uncredited.”
“If you’ve got an idea and you want to do it, do it. Once that fire calms down, check in with your finances.”
“Our greatest strengths can often be our greatest challenges.”
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