Camille Henning from RIK Babywear

Name of your business:

Camille Henning, Founder of RIK Babywear
Camille Henning, Founder of RIK Babywear

RIK Babywear (Facebook Page)

Tell us about your business…

We design and make kids clothes for children from 6 months to 5 years. The clothes are light 100% casual baby wear to accommodate the hot climate and keep your baby heat rash free. The clothes have funky prints and are super comfortable and practical for your little ones.

What motivated you to start your own business?

My son had bad heat rash and I couldn’t find thin enough clothes so I started making some for him… One thing lead to another and voila 🙂

Which have been the biggest challenges when starting your business?

Figuring it all out… I know nothing about this industry, so where to get fabrics, zippers, good tailors, etc. was a lot of field work and trial and error. And only now, we are shifting to a manufacturer based in Jaipur.

How did you overcome these challenges?

Determination, patience and balls…

How did you find your first customers?

My first customer was a close friend and she is the one who encouraged me to sell the clothes I made for my son. She is my good luck fairy.

What is the most effective way to sell your products/services?

Trunk Shows or Flea Markets -but definitely face to face.

What is the most exciting part of running your own business?

The creativity I can put into it all… I love seeing the clothes all finished and on a happy little baby jumping around having a blast in comfort and style.

What is your least favorite part of running your own business?

All the paperwork… not fun but has to be done.

How do you stay motivated during difficult times?

Keep thinking of the end result and what it will look like and how I will achieve it. Don’t sulk in the now.

Who inspires you?

My Son, India, my friends and the world that surrounds us.

What advice would you give to other female entrepreneurs?

If you have an idea, try it out. Start small, see how it goes and little by little it will develop (or not). But at least you tried! But if you start off thinking too big, it will discourage you to start.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Camille!

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Ruchi & Shikha Durlabhji from Code Silver

Ruchi (left) and Shikha (right) - Sisters and Founders of Code Silver
Ruchi (left) and Shikha (right) – Sisters and Founders of Code Silver

Name of your business:

Code Silver (Website: www.codesilver.in)

Tell us about your business…

Code Silver introduces a dazzling collection of unusual designs, unique concepts and exquisite artwork – an unusual melange of unusual items, objects d’art and one-of-a-kind pieces. Code Silver brings its ensemble of gift items in silver and silver plated.

What motivated you to start your own business?

We launched keeping in mind the dearth of quality silver gift items in India. We realized that the scope for such a business is huge in India.

Which have been the biggest challenges when starting your business?

The biggest challenges were learning about an industry we had no idea about, getting craftsmen, manufacturing issues, hiring the right people.

How did you overcome these challenges?

We worked extremely hard to overcome our day to day problems. We started tackling each problem to overcome them and find solutions.

How did you find your first customers?

We contacted people we knew and participated in exhibitions.

What is the most effective way to sell your products/services?

We have stores and are launching our online portal soon. Exhibitions are a good way of promoting the products, too.

What is the most exciting part of running your own business?

It is a creative and design based business which makes it a lot of fun. We often play around with designs and products.

What is your least favorite part of running your own business?

Sometimes, we get inquiries for products which we don’t find exciting at all. Working on such products is our least favorite part.

How do you stay motivated during difficult times?

During difficult times, it is our belief in the products and the line of business that keeps us motivated.

Who inspires you?

Our parents.

What advice would you give to other female entrepreneurs?

Go out and do what you enjoy doing – and never ever give up!

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Ruchi and Shikha!

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