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  • Top Tips for Business Success- Donna Quinn

    Top Tips for Business Success

     

     Name Donna Quinn

     Business Name Bella Donna Silver

     Website Details www.belladonnasilver.com.au

     

    Interview with Donna Quinn from Belladonna Silver

    Natalie

    What inspired you become an entrepreneur?”

    Donna

    The poor and needy children in Asia. I wanted to raise money to fund their education to give them a bright and hopeful future. Bella Donna Silver was born to act as a vehicle to raise funds to give to the children to do so. In turn we included into the model fair trade to give local jewellers in Asia the opportunity to help them support themselves making their beautiful jewellery for us at fair prices. Then in turn selling the jewellery in Australia to retailers and consumers who love our jewellery and our mission. Profits from sales are then given to the children in the orphanages to contribute to their education and lifestyle”.

    Natalie

    What were some of your initial challenges (eg getting your message out there, publicity, finding direction, finding clients, money, budgetting)?

    Donna

    “Coming up with the money to get started and afford the high costs involved in exhibiting at gift trade fairs. We sold our home and used the money from that to get started. Then we crossed our fingers and prayed A LOT.”

    Natalie

    What do you know now that you wish you knew back then”

    Donna

    “How to Budget the stock, categorise the stock into A, B & Cs, not overbuy any items in case they go from good sellers to dead wood.”

    Natalie

    “Why do you think the NetConnect seminar is always a huge success and why have you agreed to be involved?”

    Donna

    NetConnect is a great education day. I learn so much from the speakers and the exhibitors on ideas and tips on how to grow my business. There’s so much out there that I just don’t know about and in one event I learn loads of new ways to get my message out there and simplify the way I do things in the business”.

    Natalie

    What are your 3 top tips to creating a successful solo business?”

    Donna

    1. Never give up

    2. Separate home from work – get dressed up and go to work, even if it means leaving home by the back gate and then arriving at work via the front gate.

    3. Get savvy on the best places and ways to promote your business. Know who your ideal client and don’t waste money throwing top $$ away at advertising in areas you’re either not getting results or unsure of will work.

    Natalie

    What satisfies you most about owning your business?”

    Donna

    The love I give to my Team, clients, suppliers and children in Asia.”

    Natalie

    Would you ever give it up? your own business? could you?

    Donna

    Never.

    eDonna is a trade exhibitor at Netconnect March 15th, you can view her gorgeous jewellery live! book your ticket here

    Published on February 6, 2012 · Filed under: Events, General;
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