There are many ways to pursue a dream, but travelling together with people who have the same dream and to have constant support like a guiding light makes the whole effort delightful.
Rina and Andi are two talented housewives who dream to have their own business.
Rina works wonderfully with her fingers -- she creates arts and crafts, you name it: cushions, table runners, bags, blankets, and so on. Andi, on the other hand, sees business in the pile of pretty dresses and scarves from where she came from, Indonesia.
Their entrepreneurial spirit persuaded them to undertake a Certificate III in Micro Business Operations course at the Migrant Women's Micro Business Program conducted by the Canterbury City Community Centre in partnership with Sydney Community College. As part of this course, they have to have a 10-hour business mentoring session with a business mentor.
Slowly but surely. Rina and Andi were indeed two entrepreneurs in the making. It took them six months, from May-November 2013, to complete the 10-hour mentoring program with their appointed mentor, Fourteena of Arc Australia, a business strategy professional.
Having creativity and great ideas are true blessings, but turning them into business takes learning. This is where Fourteena, using her real-business experience and business management practices, inspired Rina and Andi to learn many practical things -- from building expertise (within their business ideas), creating business direction to applying time management technique; from creating their business name to pitching and marketing their products with the right message and pricing strategy.
Sounds exciting? Sure thing! It was indeed an exciting learning journey that has helped Rina and Andi build their professionalism and confidence.
Rina also felt the same, though sometimes doubt creeps in, but she knows what she produces are unique and special. By now, Rina's "Crafts with Love" has already been receiving orders from customers.
Congratulations to both of you, Rina and Andi. Your dreams have come true!