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Conversations with Riley Sosa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Riley Sosa.

Hi Riley , it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I decided to start my small business during quarantine because it was a way for me to have a creative outlet that I was struggling to find otherwise. I started out by just making these items for myself, my family, and my friends, but then my friends encouraged me to open up this shop and I am so glad I listened!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve had my shop open for just under a year now, and I can say that it has truly been an all-around positive experience from the start. My biggest issue lately has been that I am physically unable to produce as much product as quickly as people have been wanting (this is a one-woman show) and I have had to turn down a few pretty big projects – something I hate to do, but at the same time, I am so grateful I can even consider that a problem right now.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
My shop honestly has a bit of everything. From home decor to car accessories to jewelry to gifts, there are just a lot of things that I enjoy making, so I stay away from specializing in one product so I can continue to provide a variety of items for my customers. However, my biggest and probably most popular projects are making macrame placemats/plate chargers for weddings. Definitely one of my favorite things to do!

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
I think this community is perfect for small business owners and the networking that comes along with it. The sense of community here is REAL and so many small business owners make a point to support other small business owners as well. Everyone is so friendly and almost everywhere you go, there are small business pop-ups within other small businesses – just reach out and people are more than happy to host you or collab with you!

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