Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Christine Emilie Sveen, Founder of Volière Studio, located in Oslo, Norway.

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

At Volière Studio, we're on a mission to help self-starters, small business owners, and modern entrepreneurs launch or revamp their businesses with style and ease.

As a self-starter or small business owner, we're here to be your trusty sidekick on this exciting journey of yours. We totally understand your desire to make a lasting impression. You want every client interaction to exude trust, confidence, and that special touch that sets you apart.

We're on a mission to help you elevate your brand, radiate confidence, and win clients with a captivating website and matching resources to market and present your business with ease - so you can focus on doing what you love.

Tell us about yourself

At Voliére, we bring a wealth of experience gained from working with international brands, including Fortune 500 companies. We have successfully built our very own global boutique brand business from scratch and collaborated closely with startups and entrepreneurs, guiding them toward growth with unmatched ease.

We intimately understand the essence of crafting a thriving online presence because we've walked that path ourselves. We've tasted the sweet fruits of success, and now, we're eager to share that expertise with you.

Our seamless templates are meticulously designed to empower you, giving you the tools to captivate your audience, establish a magnetic brand identity, and unlock the full potential within you. With our support, you'll have more time and energy to devote to what truly matters – your craft, your core business.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I am incredibly proud to share my journey of bootstrapping our very own designer boutique brand from scratch. Starting with nothing and working tirelessly, we achieved something extraordinary - selling our products globally across three continents and growing our company for an impressive five years. Building a business from scratch is no walk in the park. It takes relentless determination and a fearless attitude toward every obstacle that comes your way. We held onto our vision of captivating moms around the world with our brand, and oh boy, did we give it our all!

Countless sleepless nights and tireless efforts allowed us to establish a strong presence on three continents, reaching customers far and wide with our unique designs. The journey wasn't always smooth sailing, but we never once compromised on our commitment to deliver exceptional quality, impeccable style, and an unforgettable customer experience. As we navigated through the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, we took immense pride in creating remarkable products that truly resonated with our customers, setting us apart from the competition.

Reflecting upon those incredible five years fills me with an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. From our humble beginnings, we built a brand that made waves, and we're forever grateful for the countless opportunities and unwavering support that allowed us to flourish. To all the aspiring entrepreneurs out there - with passion burning in your veins, the unwavering perseverance to overcome any challenge, and a sprinkle of tenacity, you have all the ingredients for success. Trust in your unique vision, embrace every obstacle as an opportunity for growth, and keep moving forward with unwavering confidence.

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

One of my all-time favorite quotes is by Tim Ferris: "What would this look like if it were easy?" This simple yet powerful question has been a game-changer for me, my clients, and my mentees in countless situations. When faced with challenges, it's natural for us to overcomplicate things or get caught up in the complexity of a problem. However, this quote serves as a gentle reminder to take a step back and approach the situation from a different perspective. Asking ourselves what it would look like if it were easy prompts us to seek simpler, more efficient solutions. It encourages us to challenge assumptions, break down barriers, and find ways to streamline our processes.

We open ourselves up to innovative thinking and creative problem-solving. It shifts our mindset from dwelling on the difficulties to envisioning a smoother, more straightforward path. I have witnessed firsthand how this question sparks inspiration and fosters a sense of possibility. It has helped me and those I work with uncover hidden opportunities, simplify complex projects, and remove unnecessary obstacles. So, the next time you encounter a challenge or feel overwhelmed, I encourage you to pause and ask yourself, "What would this look like if it were easy?" Embrace the power of simplicity, and let it guide you toward innovative solutions and a more fulfilling entrepreneurial journey.

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

  1. Embrace your inner motivation: Before diving into starting, running, and growing a business, it's essential to understand your "why." Know the deep-rooted reasons that drive your passion and commitment. Having a clear sense of purpose and inner motivation will fuel your determination, help you navigate challenges, and keep you focused on your long-term goals.
  2. Brace yourself for challenges: Building a business is a rewarding endeavor, but it comes with its fair share of difficulties. Be prepared to face obstacles, setbacks, and moments of uncertainty. Embrace the mindset that challenges are an inherent part of the journey and view them as opportunities for growth. Build resilience, stay adaptable, and maintain a positive mindset even when faced with adversity. Remember, it's in the face of challenges that true strength and innovation shine through.
  3. Work smart: Take advantage of technology, automation, online platforms, and templates (like ours) to work smart and efficiently. You don't have to start from scratch - and with the right tools and resources, you can focus on what you do best - and grow your business with less effort.

Where can people find you and your business?


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