Tell us about yourself.
The dream started years back in Lisbon by me. What started as a casual fun has grown into a good outfit that produces urbane, enchanting and irresistible jewels.
I am 50 years old and i have a mathematics university degree. I’m married and have a 19 years daughter and a 16 years son… and we also have our little Shitzu dog
I have worked for years in a multinational company playing several roles like database development, planning & control and the latest years in marketing roles, such as strategy, business development, loyalty cards and brand/product launch.
Now I run a family business in the music area – not profitable at all, since culture in Portugal is a very small business – and started this business on Etsy.
When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?
Once I left the multinational company i was working before (where I had to travel a lot) I found myself with loads of time, so started to do some ‘styles’ for myself and friends.
After some time I was always buying more and more and trying to get people to be aware of my ‘new job’ and passion.
Then someone told me to open a store on Etsy and ‘spread’ my work worldwide. and I have done so and here I am now.
Tell us a bit about your products.
All our products are made with dedication, taking into consideration that the gifts we give are like perennial spring that runs in the fount of their hearts. As a result, we are driven by this passion that someone is wearing a ‘piece and bit’ made with all dedication, care, and love.
The materials used are of the highest obtainable quality such as Leathers, Zamak Sterling Silver Plated, Aluminium, Genuine Portuguese Cork, Swarovski Crystals, Ceramic, Resin Beads, so much and more.
What inspires your work?
Our jewel range and decorative accessories are crafted to create an emotional connection. We take into consideration the fact that love can be braced to sassy heights with the power of gifting custom-made jewels.
Our styles are urbane and our designs are stylishly suave. They are irresistible because we always follow changing trends and thus create fashionable jewels that meet the needs of our clientele. Whether the jewels are for personal, home or office use, they create irresistible focal points of alluring beauty.
What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?
I would love to reach 10,000 sales this year, which is far from being achieved, but that is a hope and a dream which i live for in 2018.
I would love to have some influencers and bloggers to talk about my pieces and that could spread more and better the word CozyDetailz. That is something that i will work throughout this and the next couple of years, since there’s no better publicity than the ‘word of mouth’.
What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?
When you need personalized jewel with specially inscribed messages, think Cozy Detailz. We peep into your heart and know what is good for you. We bring you to the world of enchanting jewels.
Whether you desire an outing along the garden parterre or by the shoreline of a roaring sea; whether you desire to relish a great time with loved ones indoors or you choose to ride along the lakeside, our products will suit the moment and speak a thousand silent word of love.
Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?
Yes, I do have a separate studio for myself.
Due to the increase of the business and since I’m always wanting more and new items I had to convert our office into a studio, where i spend now my evenings, and part of the weekends – being creative and thinking how much more creative and better i can be to reach more customers and friends.
What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?
All the favoriting, renewals, groups and sponsor products. It is a great help and I had to learn it all by myself… which was frustrating sometimes.
Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?
It is hard and takes you some time in the beginning to make your products stand out, over so many other beautiful and quality similar ones. So you need to think how and which do you want to top up for success and getting noticeable. And never give up. I had my first sale only after 4 months of hard work and investment.
When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?
I do spend a lot of time working. Since in the evening I do need to catch up with Etsy orders and produce them in time.
But the most enjoyable think I like to do is travel. It gives me tons of good vibes knowing the world, people and cultures. And of course enjoying time with my family – that is a gift I have every day and unfortunately do not take good advantage- something I will have to work harder as well – to have family QUALITY time!
What is your favorite quote?
I have so many ‘leadership’ quotes that I love, but this one is very special:
“You Learn More From Failure Than From Success. Don’t Let It Stop You. Failure Builds Character.” – Unknown
Where can people find out more about your business?
I have also launched my website, so here it is – have a look and join our COZY Club: www.cozydetailz.com
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Yes I do.
Follow your dreams and passion with hard work and dedication and share that special bit and piece of you to the world.
Somewhere, sometime, someone will leave you a comment that have made it all worth!
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