In our next interview with a Sikh woman in Business Rupinder Kaur interviewed Kiran Singh about her business My Unique Home and how she got started, Kiran also shares her tips for other women wanting to start their business.
What made you want to start your own business?
I guess working for myself was a better and easier option and as I am in charge and can do whatever I like to – whether it be online magazine, product reviews, blogging, launch an online boutique, run design classes… the list is endless. I can do it all to a time that suits me.
How did you come up with your idea?
I have always been in to Interior Design thanks to my parents who used to redecorate our family home every year. They will come home with these huge wallpaper and fabric sample book and I would spend hours finding the right colour scheme. Mum was very good with the sewing machine so she used to design and sew the curtains. After a few years with revamping our family home, I did my degree in Interior Design and Graphic Design and then launched my own business specialising in Fusion Design – a mix of Indian and Scandinavian design. This was very well received and got lots of media coverage especially after I launched my own Home Furnishing collection.
What’s been the toughest part of the journey?
While I was in Norway (where I was born and raised), I didn’t have any tough parts, I started my business and managed to get a job with Remax Estate Agents and had endless of projects. It was when I moved to London nearly 6 years ago and had to start up from scratch with suppliers, clients and more that was tough.
What are your hopes for My Unique Home?
I would ideally like to open a Design Studio and a social enterprise to teach people how they can create a beautiful home they can enjoy with whatever they have.
How have you financed the business?
I haven’t had any expenses as such. Even when I launched my online shop in Norway, I would take in orders and payment first and then place the order with the supplier. I am hoping to launch my book this summer and re-launch my online shop with my daughter.
What are your tips for any other ladies wanting to start a business?
Never give up. Believe in yourself and that you can do it. Make realistic goals. Enjoy every moment of what you do – this way it won’t seem like a chore you HAVE to do. If working from home – give yourself a break. Go out for a tea or coffee with a friend and get their feedback. Start small. Attend local networking groups and meetings to spread the word about your business. Have a website and set your business up on social media and connect with people virtually.
You can connect with Kiran through her websites: www.kiransingh.net
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