Hats, scarves, dish cloths, and eco-friendly products such as dryer balls, Swiffer mop covers, bath loofahs, cotton face scrubbers, and more are just some of the options that crocheter, Laura Manning, can make for you.
Manning started her own company, and became an entrepreneur, to sell her homemade products to friends, family, and anyone who was interested locally. Although, it became so much more than that as she now ships her crocheted items around the world for everyone to enjoy.
Becoming an entrepreneur wasn’t something Manning thought she would be doing, but is glad she did.
“I started out crocheting a lot just for my own benefit, and I started to give it all to friends and family. Then I ran out of people to give it to, and then someone came along and said ‘Oh, this is really nice, you should sell this stuff’, and so I signed up for a craft show and sold a bunch, and from there is blossomed.”
But starting her business, Sun Creations, wasn’t just a way for her to sell her products, but for a way for her to help the environment. Manning makes products that are 100% reusable, zero-waste and environmentally friendly.
“There’s more emphasis on global warming, and I think we’re all seeing the impact of that with the heat we’ve had this summer, and the high humidity. It’s starting to really hit home that this is probably a real thing. Global warming is real. And we need to start thinking about our environment.”
Getting rid of items you constantly buy and have to throw away can be easily swapped for reusable ones. But, purchasing items from those who have their own local businesses is something that Manning wants others to take part in.
“It’s so important to shop local because it helps the community and keep money in the community to support other things that they (entrepreneurs) need, rather than giving the money to a big box store where the money goes back to another country.”
Becoming an entrepreneur isn’t always easy. Manning adds that she had another job when she started Sun Creations in order to have something to fall back on. She says there are so many resources for those who may be considering going solo with their own company.
“Learn everything you can, and ask a lot of questions. Go to craft shows and study what they do and ask the vendors how they got started… and of course there is always the internet like YouTube.”
Manning adds that you can sit and watch videos about what you’re trying to do to get better at. Also, finding and reading information on Etsy is an option to those who want to get started, but may not know how.