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"lydia crespo" Discussed on Side Hustle School
"My name is Lydia Crespo. I live in St Louis Missouri. My businesses argument defiance. And I just wanted a second business. Call Cozy Shop. We opened last November and I was featured in episode nine sixty nine. It's a textile design company. We make and sell clothing scarves and homegoods. We focus on service design of the options that we create easing dyes paints in France. To make every piece coming out of the argument in defiance studio unique in one of a kind. When I was an Undergrad I went to the school. The Art Institute of Chicago. I started dying silk Specifically silk scarves after taking a class on natural dyes. I had an opportunity to sell them at a school rummage sale and they completely sold out so I knew I had something special here. Shortly after graduating I was one of fifteen undergrads chosen to receive a grant to continue my work after school and that grant actually ended up being my fulltime career because I used it to invest in my business so now my main hustle is defiance and now running our brick and mortar shop which is called Cozy Shop but before Twenty Sixteen Win. Argument in defiance was still my side hustle. I was many things. I was an art gallery manager a nanny housekeeper. I worked at a hardware store. I was a Barista you name it. I probably worked it. There has been some major changes since I was last featured on side-hustle School Episode Nine Sixteen. I entered a contest called retail next a contest that was looking for the next big idea and retail. I came in second place. However the judges were so impressed. With the idea of combining a boutique with the with an experienced face. Creative maker space. They offered me the grand prize packages. Well the Grand Prize package was one year wrench free From Cohen equities a businessman championship and a marketing build out budget. So it's been an amazing few months But a lot has been happening so one of the biggest challenges that is facing is even though I was given a year rent free. Things that are free aren't always free right so it was came with its new challenges. I had to all of a sudden hire staff were before I had just been a a one woman. Show Now I had employees working for me and And had a a whole lot more responsibilities that come with that like everyone in the entire world right now. We're having to pivot our plans and strategies because of Kobe. Nineteen global pandemic. We closed our shop to the public in early March and within a week we had a brand new website up. That was shuffle cozy shop. Cozy shop is also maker space where we host a lot of workshops and community gatherings so we had to shift that idea to. We turned our workshops. Kits that can be shipped right to our customer's home so that they are healthy in crafting at the same time for my other. Business argument defiance. We pushed up the release dates of a few of our favourite designs We are preparing for a big spring and summer sale where we do all of our pop-ups and festivals and all of those were being canceled since we no longer had to prepare for travel. I did a huge online push about our new products. The quick pivot really paid off. We sold through all of our inventory in a little over a week and we continue to bring in amazing sales last episode. Nine sixty nine. I spoke frankly about My mental health experience. And I think now more than ever. It's incredibly important. Give yourself plenty of breathing. Room in grace to find with this new normal is going to look like for Your Business. And it's not an also it's not a solution that you're gonNA find right away for me. It was allowing myself to agree over their plans and expectations. I have for my business that were lost because of cove nineteen That was the first big step in allowing myself to grieve and find a new direction. It's what allowed me to gain control over my anxiety and move forward heart. What's up with Chris Again? Lydia thank you so much for sharing that detailed update including both the amazing things and what has worked. Well as well as the challenges. I just appreciate your honesty and transparency so much. I know it's going to help a lot of other business owners inside. Hustler is out there..