Interview with Michelle Laviolette – Owner and Founder of Zahavah Jewelry
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.
I have been studying and creating art of some form my whole life. After college at the University of Texas, I became an art teacher and taught 3-D art such as ceramics and metal-smithing. I always desired to start my own business because I spent many hours creating and turning my ideas into art. I needed the flexibility of my own schedule to create spontaneously. After college I also took my first business course which was an online course with a woman from California. This helped me to learn ways to create my own income as an entrepreneur.
What did you do before launching your own business?
Before launching my own business I was an art teacher in public schools. I love working with children, but my real dream was to become self-employed and start my own jewelry business. I also traveled a lot and lived in other countries, and studied metal-smithing. I have also always been a photographer and created fine art images from my travels. These images later inspired some of my jewelry designs.
How did you fund your business?
Initially I funded my business on credit cards. It took off very quickly so I was able to put the profits right back into the business.
How many hours do you work a week and how much is spent is your home office?
I work all of the time, unless I am with my daughter. I am either creating new designs, working in the office, or working in the studio. I love my work, so it does not feel like actual work, but more like an ongoing creative project.
How would you rate your success?
I became successful very quickly when my business first began 8 years ago. I created some wholesale accounts and a website from the beginning which have been on-going.
What has been your biggest business struggle as an entrepreneur?
I do not feel like I have any struggles as an entrepreneur. I look at everything as an opportunity and a chance to create more and new all of the time. If one thing is not working I can always find a new way to do it, and put more or less energy into it.
What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur?
To a new entrepreneur I will say to follow your heart and be open to an exciting journey. Know that anything is possible to create in your life if you put your love and attention in it.
How do you manage all of your personal and business activities?
I create schedules for myself and my family. When things change in the schedule, as they always do I make lists and get things done on the list when I can.
Zahavah offers a home-based Sales Rep opportunity – tell us a little bit more about this.
We currently have positions open for home-based sales reps with Zahavah. This is a fun and easy job that can be done from your home office and by visiting stores in your area. You will set up wholesale accounts and receive a commission on the pieces that are sold for the time that you work with that store. You will also receive commission when selling pieces to individuals and referring clients to our online store. This also applies for our Wedding Line. These positions are available NOW! Contact us ASAP for details.
Connect with Michelle Laviolette and Zahavah Jewelry…
Website: Zahavah Jewelry
Facebook Fan Page: Zahavah