There are so many great reasons why jazminbell® cold/heat packs are quickly becoming Australia's favourite choice. They are handmade using natural and organic supplies including 100% cotton fabrics and Australian-grown rice, and are designed to meet the guidelines provided by the ACCC. There are no scented oils added to the product during or after manufacture, making them oil-free and a safer alternative.
Hi, my name is Jasmin and I am from Canberra, Australia. I have been passionate about the creative and performing arts since I first took to the stage at the age of two. Since then it has been an amazing journey through performance, stage and costume design until I landed at the Australian National University to complete my Bachelor of Design Arts. During this time I started to work on making my own products and formed the Jazminbell® Brand.
It has now been five years since graduating from my degree and the entrepreneurial journey has been such an amazing experience. It took me a couple of years to find my 'niche' and settle on a particular product that I would pursue. This time last year I decided to take the courageous leap into developing an exclusive range of handmade cold/heat packs and have not looked back.
My favourite product from my store would be the eye pillow cold/heat pack. They are light-weight, simple and so easy to use. I keep two in my freezer and two in the cupboard so they are ready to use at any-time. They are able to help calm migraines or headaches, burns or even great for my daughter when she has a bump or bruise. An eye pillow is simply so handy to have in every home!
The key to organising my day-to-day life is to prioritise. It can take time to work out what are the most important priorities for you and your business. I am currently a single mother and completing a Masters of Accounting. Life can be very busy most days but if I can manage my tasks in a list of priorities and work on it for 5 minutes or an hour at a time then most of the work gets completed. I am most productive after my daughter has gone to bed in the evenings.
It is so amazing to have found my place within the industry. My brand is developing recognition for it's quality handmade products and it is amazing. I am so proud to have worked on each part of the business including branding and the website. Not only have I learnt so much but I am in complete control of how my brand is represented (especially online) and I have not had to spend a huge amount on professional services.
The worst part of running my own business is the lack of man power. Currently, I work on my business through each stage of design and manufacturing, marketing and promotion, and then sales and distribution. This entire process can become extremely overwhelming and exhausting.
The first few years are tough. There is not a single day that passes where I don't question myself. So many negative thoughts can leave you in an unproductive and unmotivated mood and it becomes a manner of working out how to control this toxic thought process.
Only recently I have started to realise my business as a separate identity to myself. My business used to be all about me 'the maker' and rely very strongly on promoting my skills, services, qualifications and experience. This meant that I was personally attached to the business and found it very difficult to handle complaints, questions or sly remarks from the general public. Since making the change to focus on my business as a separate identity I have been able to take a step back and handle situations in the best manner possible. Also, since making this change I have not felt like giving up because I feel like the business controls it's own destiny without my direct influence. I made this change after giving up 18 months ago and relaunching with a new mindset 12 months ago.
The biggest inspiration for me is one which may not be very common. It is also one that is not from an external source, but an internal one. My inspiration is driven by my motivation to break from the cycle of poverty and create a better understanding of the world and life for myself. My life, especially as an adolescent has consisted of great barriers in all forms of financial, physical and emotional. Being able to generate my own understanding of business and develop relationships within this industry has given me the opportunity to create my own sense of direction and break from this cycle. I know that there is still so much out there for me to learn but I hope that I can pass this knowledge onto future generations and others who may be in a similar situation too where I have been.
The type of person I want to be is approachable and helpful. I love making connections with people who are either successful in running their own business, would like to start their own business or even in the same situation as me. I want people to know that I am here to connect or help them at anytime.
Two of my mos favourite online stores include Jar Body (jarbody.com.au/) and Miss Pots (misspots.com.au/). I love watching how their websites change over time along with the developments of their businesses.
Never stop learning. If you feel like you can't make it work out what you learn more about and focus on that. Make connections and find your niche. Be unique, be different and stand out from the crowd. Let you inner 'quirky' self shine and remember to scrap any negative or 'toxic' thoughts and instead focus your energy towards the positive power. If you need a little positive boost, call on your family, friends or connections to help you out. I keep a little diary of all the great things people say to me that make me smile or feel great about myself.
To checkout Jasmin's range, head on over to her website at http://www.jazminbell.com AND if you spend over $70, you receive FREE shipping! Whooo!
Her price range starts from $15 (AUD) and moves up to $100 (AUD). Very rarely with you see any of her products above this range as she aims to be an affordable brand!
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