My name is Brittany and I started Bizzybcrafts 8 years ago this March. It started as a side hustle while I was getting my Master’s Degree in Mental Health counseling, mostly to fill my need to be creative and turned it into my full time job almost 2 years ago. Early on I was juggling work as a nanny, grad school and practicing yoga, typically doing all of those things in one day. I needed something to help me look and feel more put together when I didn’t have time to wash my hair. I created headbands that would fill that need and it turned out, others also had this need as well.
My dad always told me that when I was little he would find me quiet in another room keeping myself busy, always doing some sort of solo craft or activity. When I was looking for a name for my Etsy shop, the platform I first used to sell my headbands, it popped into my head to incorporate that into the name.
I have loved creating my whole life, mostly scrapbooking and other paper crafts. I had never sewn before, besides in middle school Home Economics, which barely counts. After 6 months into my business a customer asked if I could make a headband that involved sewing and I just said yes. I had a machine that my now husband got for me to use for scrapbooking. I bought some fabrics and figured out how to sew. I ended up never scrapbooking again and sewing became my new therapy hobby. Of course I was sewing for my business, but I also started sewing clothing for myself for fun.
The initial inspiration to start was sparked by a headband I saw in a small shop in Georgetown while visiting a friend. I returned home and ordered supplies to make similar headbands using hot glue and flowers and opened an Etsy shop. Being that I was in grad school to pursue my dream job, I didn’t really feel like I was doing anything risky by just starting a little Etsy shop. After the customer I mentioned above asked me to make a headband, I then began creating and experimenting with different styles that would make sense personally in my life and grew from there. It wasn’t until years later that I saw how much other people also needed headbands that wouldn’t slip off and decided to run my business full time.
The seasons are super inspiring to me. I create seasonal collections based on the colors that remind me of that season and formulate the collection around that. I really enjoy seeing all the headbands come together. Even though you only have one head and wear one headband at a time, there is something so satisfying about it being cohesive.
Bizzybcrafts is a brand, but it is also very much me. I aim to be real, genuine and happy, just like I am in real life. I pick fabrics that speak to me and my style, lots of florals and don’t pick anything that I wouldn’t wear myself. Maybe not the best business move, but hey it works!
In the Fall of 2019 I began working with a manufacturer to hand make my products as I was unable to manage the ins and out of my business while sewing orders 24/7. Since I don’t do much of the “making” anymore, I really enjoy the creative process of planning out cohesive launches. I also love to include the customers by doing votes for fabrics in instagram stories. It can be a fun way for them to be involved and for me to narrow it down and not order 50 fabrics each time.
Since I just had my first baby on January 12th, days look a bit different as I am out of the office and have an assistant packing up orders. But pre baby, each day varied depending on what time of year it was and if I was prepping for a launch. A day aways includes answering emails and packing any pending orders. But can also include organizing, quality control and counting inventory for an upcoming launch, sending out newsletters, being present on social media/creating content. I am lucky enough that my due date was between launches and that I have time at home with my daughter before things get crazy in the Spring.
My workspace is an office in a building just a few miles away from my new house. It is an absolute joy to be there and have a separate home/work life. Something I know I will appreciate even more now as a mom. It is my second office since leaving my job to run my business full time and I am just so thankful for the space to create and work.
There have been so many, but I say my biggest has probably been growing pains and figuring out how to grow without having any experience or knowledge in running a business. It has been incredibly helpful to find other women owned small business owners, like Kelley from Candelles, and reaching out for advice. It can be super isolating owning a business and it is so important to have people who know what you are going through to talk to.
I have felt like a maker even before I had my business and even now when I am really not “making” a whole lot. It feels like part of my being and I don’t know what I would do without it!
I love listening to podcasts and reading. I really have been enjoying exercising this past year, something I never thought I would say since we purchased a Peloton bike. It has been incredible for my mental health, especially being pregnant during a pandemic.
I just love seeing customers post photos on Instagram of them wearing their headbands. This past year I have seen so many photos of customers using their headbands to look a little more put together during a Zoom call and it really makes me feel like these are more than just headbands.
Do what feels right for you, but also be smart financially. Don’t jump into it without making sure you can pay your bills. Hire out if you can for tasks that you aren’t good at/need help with. Deciding to get manufacturer, an accountant and pay someone to take my website photos has been a huge relief. You should know how to do it all, but at some point, you don’t need to.