Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Allison Barnes, Owner of Allison Barnes Yarn, located in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I sell wool yarn that I dye myself in my home studio to knitters, crocheters, and weavers who like working with natural fibres in unique colours.

Tell us about yourself

I started my business out of the love of hand dying and wanting my hobby to be self-sustaining. My hobby grew into my business, and I am motivated each day to learn new techniques and experiment in my studio.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment is when I started offering learn to dye classes both in person, hands-on, and as a digital download follow-along course.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Promoting oneself is probably the most difficult thing.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

Write down your plan and some short-term and long-term goals. Do your homework! Make sure there is a niche for your idea. Take lots of really good photos to promote yourself, and if you can’t take them yourself, hire a professional photographer.

Where can people find you and your business?


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