Today we’d like to introduce you to Elyse Wong.
Hi Elyse, 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 am a 12 year old entrepreneur who decided to turn my passion into a business during the pandemic. My interest in arts and crafts started when I was in kindergarten. My parents told me that I would come home from school everyday and proudly show them all my creations from my day at school. During the many summers of my elementary school years, I would attend art camps where I learned different types of drawing and painting, clay sculptures, paper mache, etc. From there, my interest to create works of art just blossomed. When the whole world shut down in March 2020 and I was stuck at home like everyone else, I decided that it’s the best opportunity to learn a new craft – crochet. I started watching YouTube videos to teach myself the basic fundamentals of crocheting. I created many items as gifts for friends and family. My parents and I have always jokingly talked about setting up a shop for all my creations. With the help of my parents, I finally decided to make it a reality. In March of 2021, I opened My Sweet Sorbet shop on Etsy. To grow my business, I opened my first booth at a local handmade craft fair in the summer of 2021. Since then, I have attended four more craft fairs and have found a way to continue to grow my business while balancing my school work and extracurricular activities in swimming and piano.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Starting a business at 12 is definitely not an easy task. With the help of my parents, I have to learn everything about running a business, including keeping track of supplies and inventory, managing and fulfilling website orders, and keeping my customers engaged via social media. The biggest challenge though is balancing all of that with school. This whole experience has taught me how to manage my time effectively and made me realize that no matter what age you are, just work hard to achieve your goals.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I create many different types of goods for my shop including crochet, clay charms, sock plushies, wooden frames, perler beads, and more! My shop slogan is “Everything cute and handmade”
What matters most to you?
What matters most to me is creating the best quality products for my customers. It makes me happy to know that someone else enjoys my creation and I hope every time they look at the cute smiley faces on them, they smile as well.
- Sock Plushies – $12
- Crochet Characters – $8 to $12
- Clay Charm – $5
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MySweetSorbet
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mysweetsorbet/