Myself, Ashwini Pai Dukle from Ashwini’s Creativity.
I am a Microbiologist by qualification. I was working in a Diagnostic company in the Quality Control Dept for 3 years.But had to quit my job after my daughter was born. Initial years kept me busy with my daughter but later I had nothing to do. Could not join back as 9 to 5 job was not feasible.
Art & Craft has been my hobby right from school days.So I made some crafts during my pasttime.When one fine day,my sis in law spoke to me casually about me starting my own Creativity business..more because I would remain at home n also could give time to my family.She boosted my confidence by giving me my 1st order of making chocolate bouquets for her during Rakshabandhan time.Then I made theme based decor for my daughter’s birthday. Everyone liked n appreciated my work.I gradually tool a step forward & thus was born “Ashwini’s Creativity”
Ashwini’s Creativity is a one stop destination for for occasions when it comes to gifting that too in a very decorative way.
I make theme based paperbags, invites,party caps,table centrepieces
Also all kinds of engagement n wedding gift wrappings..Also providing a full package of all d traditional items required for wedding n decorating them.
Boxes & bags for babyshowers, ladoo n barfing decor, birth announcement favour boxes.
I also make various kinds of coin garlands, designer envelopes.
This pandemic I handpainted more than 1000 masks which were delivered across India.
Also into making a number of handmade gifts like explosion boxes, photo frame collages,upcycing old bottles into new decorative pieces for gifting
I also make homemade chocolates n chocolate bouquets for various occasions.
I conduct a number of art n craft workshops for both kids n adults like
Decoupage, warli art,pot painting,fabric painting, dot painting, best out of waste,flower making,paperbag making n bottle art…
Initially marketing my products was a tough job because I had no idea regarding the same but as time passed with “word of mouth” publicity, I started getting more & more orders.
Secondly social media( Facebook n instagram)has played a very important role in publicizing my business but I still need to be specific that Gowomania has played the most important role in my venture..Being among 10k plus women & such a huge platform, people from all over Goa started knowing me n my business which was otherwise not so easy.. I started getting orders right from Pernem to Canacona n even crossed its borders.
Also putting my name tag with contact details on the products has also helped a lot.
Recently webn spread its wings to South Goa & I feel lucky to be a part of it because here we recommend each other & help grow together
Art & Craft being my passion and the great liking for my work helps me deliver my products with greatest satisfaction.
Also the most important point being the neatness in my work which is appreciated by all n is like an added benefit.
Time management too plays an important role.
Also I keep in mind the quality of my products.
The biggest challenge in my job is time constraint.Most of the orders are last minute n since they are handmade,a lot of time is consumed. So sometimes i have to work day n night without taking much break to deliver the products on time.
So time management plays a very important role in planning my business. Sometimes it’s hardly any hours of sleep when the product has to be delivered the next day.
in a Creativity business, different kinds of art n craft supplies,scissors, paper cutting tools,scoring board etc helps me a lot.
The glue gun has been a boon to my business.
Besides these,social media handle (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp)has played a major role.
Also different apps help making photo collages or editing photos
business you are into,do it with full dedication & hardwork.Only then you can make wonders.
Also satisfaction towards your work matters the most…because it is this satisfaction that gives u total happiness at d end of d day.