Meet Aniela

March 26, 2024

Meet Aniela of Sew Much Love by LaLa!  She recently participated in TREP$ through the Ringwood Public Library in Ringwood, NJ, and we are excited to showcase her business in the TREP$ Student Spotlight.  Read more to learn how Aniela faced the challenges of starting a business:

What is your product and how or why did you choose it?

My product is hand-sewn gifts and accessories. I chose this as my product because I have always loved fashion and recently learned how to sew using a real sewing machine.

What new skills did you have to learn to make your product?

I learned new ways or techniques to sew while making my products. The hardest thing that I went through was learning how to make and sew an apron for the first time.

What part of your business was the most challenging and why?

The most challenging part of the business was managing my time developing the products. I found time management was a difficult part of the process. Finding time to sew between school, homework, and other activities was challenging.

What decision are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my advertising and marketing. I enjoyed brainstorming and developing the interactive display. It was fun for people who visited my table to be introduced to my brand and products.

Did you make a profit? If so, what do you plan on doing with it?

Yes, I did make a profit. I plan on purchasing new materials for my business to keep it going and I plan to sell again at other marketplaces.

How did starting a business change your understanding of money and/or work?

Starting a business changed my understanding of money and work because I did not realize how difficult it would be to create many products. In the end it was fun to interact with people during the marketplace and I was shocked by my profit.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned so far in starting your business?

The biggest lesson I have learned so far in starting a business is that it takes time and it is not as easy as it may seem, but it is not impossible.

What did you discover about yourself in starting a business?

I discovered that I am much more capable of doing all the work of starting a business than I thought I was.

Tell us anything else you would like to share about your TREP$ experience.
It was honestly really fun. I enjoyed going to the classes and participating in the activities. It was cool to see how everything comes together to start a business. I think that if you want to start a business you can do it if you have a strong idea of something you would like to sell. The TREP$ program helped me put together one of the things I wanted to do and share my hobbies with my community.
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