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Sweet Krafting Company handcrafts quality, personalized décor, furniture and textiles for families, individuals and businesses. Some of our crafts will be sold as “unfinished” goods where they can be painted and decorated as part of engaging the customer’s imagination and keeping Art alive in homes, schools and businesses.
Hi Karina and Marlene! We appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin and how did you get to where you are today?
We met 15 years ago at our accounting JOB and while discussing family events and coming together to give ideas to a coworker for her grandson's 1st birthday, we were highly encouraged by said coworker to start up a business at which point, we planned and made all of the decorations and the invitations which started our journey.
What made you decide to go into business together?
A couple of years ago, we decided to give it a go and see where our dreams could take us and while things didn’t move along as quickly as we would have liked, we officially incorporated our business on June 1st, 2022 and Sweet Krafting Company was born.
Good for you! That takes courage to start. For our readers who may be starting a business with a friend or relative, what has been your biggest challenge working together and how have you overcome it?
At this point, we have not had any major challenges, but we do find that it's best to trust your business partner and share all ideas regardless of what may transpire. Having similar work ethics is important to start and grow a business. We must always be willing to learn to value each other's opinions and thoughts about the direction we should take our business and work towards being on the same page, while understanding that not all things will work out but you should always try.
Absolutely, we can relate to that as well. What motivates you to keep going when times get tough?
Our greatest motivation are our families; especially my 6 yr old son & Marlene's 5 yr old grandson. We would also like to be financially independent and have flexibility of when to work our business so that we may have work/life balance.
We feel you on that one! Tell us, what's next for Sweet Krafting?
We have a new "employee" named Charmander (laser machine) that will start in September, to help in some of our creations. Our goal is to move into a warehouse space, since we are currently working out of our garage and also planning to be able to work this business full time within the next 3-5 years and leave Corporate America behind. We will have wood products, home decor including wreaths and all things art for children and adults alike.
We have no doubt that will come to fruition. We wish you all the success and more!