What drove you to go into business for yourself?
I’ve always been enterprising and creative. I used to plan kids camps for the kids I babysat with games snacks and crafts. I sold friendship bracelets, Dr martens, lemonade... even mud pies. We moved a lot when I was growing up and I think it made me quite self sufficient and almost with a sense I never really fit in anywhere, and I guess I have just used that to my advantage.
What was the hardest part of getting things going?
Getting going was the easy bit it’s the bits where your business grows is the hard bit. You have to let go of parts and find people who you trust to take the lead so that your business can develop and move to a more grown up level.
What would you say has been the most exciting win for you?
My cards have been stocked at some really cool galleries and shops! New Museum in Manhattan for one
How do you balance work/family life?
We have been privileged to be able to have our kids in part time daycare and I have a brilliant mother in law who comes and helps out sometimes - but I’d say I work 25-30 hrs a week at the moment which is still miles off full time.
What motivates you to keep forging ahead?
I’m not sure... I feel my cards have messages that need to be sent to people. I’ve had bad days when I felt like a message from the outside world could really turn things around. A card can do that.
What does self-care look like for you?
Waking up early before everyone else with time for yoga, a cup of tea and writing some lists for the day. Fresh air at the weekend with the kids. Eating wholesome healthy food. Coffee. Coffee!!!
Advice for anyone out there wanting to break into the maker world?
Do what makes you happy and what you feel strongly about. Work with people who lift you up. If you can afford it, use accounting software. It will save you a lot of headaches and make doing business fun.
See all the cool stuff Nicola makes at nicolarowlands.co.uk