Oct 25, 2016

Bows by Becca " It all started with a Duck"



Meet Rebecca!
The creator and designer of Bows By Becca. This 24-year-old from Malverne Long Island is kicking ass running a business, balancing school and a part time job. With the slogan "It all started with a Duck" Rebecca designs Bows that are both the perfect hair accessory and bowties. I got the chance to interview Rebecca while at her booth at a fall Market event at Rath Park in Franklin Square Saturday, Oct. 15th.


Why did you start making bows?
Rebecca: It all started with my little sister who was six at the time. she had this Duck bow that she would wear every day to school. Now, myself, being in college I didn't have much free time for things but I decided one day to try and make a duck bow that I saw while browsing Pinterest. It ended up being really easy and I just kept making a wide variety of themes for the bows. I was going Pinterest Crazy!

Did you make a business plan or did you decide to wing it?

R: I'm honestly just winging it! I write all my expenses in a notebook to keep myself organized.

What's your favorite and most challenging bow?
R: My favorite bow is definitely the Duck bow but the challenging ones I would say are the ones made with thicker ribbon. My fingers are wrecked with all the hot glue and poking myself with needles.


What's your most popular bow?
R: Disney themed are mostly what sells like my Frozen ones and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

You have bows for supporting breast Cancer. What inspired you make them?
R:
My Aunt and Second Cousin have breast Cancer. With every Breast Cancer bow that's sold, I donate $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

How is it balancing work, school, and bows?
Rebecca: Impossible! at least it feels like it. School always comes first so if I have a test coming up no bows are in production. Once I'm free from prepping for the tests I'm non-stop making bows till sometimes 2 o'clock in the morning cheering myself on to keep going and finish them.


What's the biggest challenge you faced with starting your own business?
R: Balancing life. Time is extremely limited and sleep does not exist.
I once had a large order for a track team to make before the season started and it took me a few weeks to make. I definitely learned time management with that.

How did you start selling at Markets and do you love it more than just selling online?
R: A coworker of mine who sells Origami Owls at markets told me to get into them. It's hard to constantly work at a lot of them when I have school and homework but I love being there. It makes me so happy to see the little girls running around wearing my bows.

Advice for someone wanting to open up their own small business? 

R: Be dedicated. I wish I had started after being done with school.
Also, be prepared to spend a lot more money before you start making money.



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Instagram: bowsbybecca1003

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