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In this article, I caught up with Sara Golden of Sara Golden Jewelry. Here is Sara’s inspiring story and her words of wisdom for you!
Photo courtesy of Sara
What was your inspiration behind starting your company?
Iʼd been working in New York City designing costume jewelry, and I loved how dramatic and beautiful the pieces could be, but hated how they were made — colored plastic stones and glue holding everything together.
I decided I wanted to make some fun designs but out of quality materials and long lasting jewelry-making techniques.
What is your favorite aspect of the brand or product line?
My favorite part is using unique, natural gemstones.
Labs and factories can create “perfect” copies of stones, but I think that all the irregularities and random patterns that happen naturally are what make stones so beautiful.
What do you aim to accomplish in the next year?
Iʼd like to set aside more time to experiment and play around in my studio.
Iʼve found some really interesting new materials this year (including the craziest pearls that look like horns), and canʼt wait to design around them.
Photo courtesy of Sara
What’s the most difficult part of being an entrepreneur?
I think the hardest part, especially as a one woman-owned business, is having to do all the jobs, not just making the thing that youʼre selling.
Iʼm the designer, accountant, marketer, customer service rep, and salesperson. The to-do list can get overwhelming, but if youʼre passionate about what youʼre doing, itʼs worth it.
What advice do you have for other women that would like to start their own company?
Have patience! Itʼs something I have to keep reminding myself, too.
Entrepreneurship involves a whole lot of trial and error to figure out how you want your business to work and grow, and rushing the process only leads to bad, hasty decisions.
Why and how did you end up an entrepreneur? Was it a path you always envisioned pursuing?
Iʼve always wanted to be an entrepreneur — when I was 10 I had a “genius” idea to open a train-themed pet store and was convinced it would be a hit!
Even while working for other people, I was always scheming what creative business I could start.
When the last company I worked for closed suddenly, it felt like a sign that I should dive into my own thing.
What tools do you recommend for other women who would like to be entrepreneurs?
A sort of “tool” Iʼd recommend is networking.
When I moved out of New York City for the Catskills I joined a group for female entrepreneurs (Hudson Valley Women in Business!), and have made amazing new friends who can also relate to and empathize with the hustle.
Photo courtesy of Sara
How do you overcome failure or fear?
There are some things where you just have to say yes and close your eyes and have faith that you can come out the other side.
There will always be obstacles, and itʼs a matter of remembering that this moment of discomfort will eventually pass and youʼll be better for having gone through it.
What habits contribute to your success?
When I dive into a new situation, I try to do a lot of research and prep work beforehand.
I tend to stew on things for a while before making decisions, so if I can answer my questions before they come up (will I have enough space to show everything I want to? What if thereʼs no cell service when Iʼm trying to run a credit card?) I put myself in a better position to succeed.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
This year I resolved to block off space in my calendar to spend time with my husband and with friends.
Itʼs hard to avoid working on weekends, but Iʼm trying to keep myself busy with events and hobbies that can keep my mind feeling refreshed.
What does your typical day look like?
No morning can start without coffee, and then I walk with the dogs. A really good day is when Iʼm in the studio the whole time, making jewelry or playing around with materials.
Most days, though, I split my time between my workbench and my computer, taking care of the stuff that helps the business keep going.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
My dogs. Maybe also my husband, but definitely my dogs 😛
Bre is a female millennial go getter residing in New York. One part entrepreneur, one part geek, she obtained her degree in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.
She has held some exciting roles in both fashion as a designer working for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Henri Bendel, as well as in ad tech working for publishers like Ziff Davis.
Today she operates her own luxury label Bre Avery, along with Chip Chick Media which reaches millions of women each month.
Bre is passionate about teaching women how to build a business and be an entrepreneur, in addition to keeping her readers informed of the latest technology trends and exciting products to improve their lifestyles.
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