Hello Again.. its that time of the week when we post about the featured #BossWoman. And it is the reticent, very creative and a fellow dragonfly who switched tracks from Film Production to crafting – Megan Jyothiprakash.
After completing her education from Bangalore and Pune, she acquired a Masters Diploma in Film Production. Obsessed with all kinds of stationary, she started making greeting cards and hand-bound notebooks for friends and family and eventually started selling them.
The first ban on plastic bags, prompted her to make a few shopping bags for groceries which looked rather plain so she embellished them with a few baubles. The bags were a hit and she began started making and selling colourful totes, silk purses, and assorted tableware.
She further diversified into contemporary jewellery and Original Tiffany Stained Glass home decor and jewellery and loves learning new skills and mixing them up to create new products.
She says, “I named my brand after the Dragonfly because it is a symbol of creativity and change. Each product I make is individually handcrafted to perfection. I currently make original stained glass home decor and jewellery, contemporary jewellery made of beads and wire work, handbags, and tea chests.”
Here’s our tete – a – tete with her:
Q1. How did the idea for your business come about?
Megan: It started with homemade greeting cards, my love for pretty paper and stationery, and a casual suggestion, by a friend, to rent a stall at a flea market. Positive reactions from this got the ball rolling. Since then I have added more skills to my repertoire. From paper products, I learnt to work with fabrics (totes, purses, tableware), beaded and wire jewelry, ceramics, inks, and original stained glass.
Q2. What was the key driving force to become an entrepreneur?
Megan: Working for myself gives me the freedom to make my own creative and business decisions.
Q3. How do you market your business and which tactics have been most successful?
Megan: I usually post pictures and information about a new product on Instagram and Facebook. I take part in exhibitions and markets whenever possible. I request clients to tag my brand when they post pictures of my product on social media.
Q4. What piece of advice would you give to women who would start a business of their own?
Megan: Believe in yourself. Believe in your product. Use the best materials and resources available to you. Do not cut corners. Your work will speak for itself. Be open to new ideas and skills. I like to learn a new skill whenever I can so that I can mix them up and create a new product. If you get tired, overwhelmed or face a creative block, walk away from your work and find a different activity to clear your head. This is easier said than done when you have a deadline looming up ahead, but a clear mind will get you better results in the end.
Q5. What entrepreneurial tricks have you discovered to keep you focused and productive in your day to day busy schedule?
Megan: I begin the work day with a list of jobs to do. This keeps me focused and gives me the immense pleasure of striking jobs off the list as they are completed. I almost always have music playing in the background. I keep my phone away and very often turn off my phone data altogether.
Such a delight reading about your journey and such insightful points. Thank you so much, wish the very best for your journey onwards.
You can catch her work online here:
Facebook: Dragonfly by Megan