AHS student opens resin shop, Sydney’s Studio

AHS student opens resin shop, Sydney’s Studio

After being quarantined for almost a year I felt like my life was becoming so repetitive.

 Wake up, eat, join class, work, sleep and repeat. I felt like I was missing something and was getting very bored of my everyday life. Surprisingly social media helped me find something I was extremely interested in and wanted to learn now to do. 

Scrolling through TikTok I learned a lot about resin. I had worked throughout quarantine so I had money saved up to purchase all of the necessary things needed. I didn’t know when I first started making products that I wanted to start my own business, I thought they were just cool items I could keep around the house or use. 

Eventually I started to realize that everything I was making was useful. I hand make serving trays, coasters, keychains, ashtrays, safety keychains, cake stands, comb and more.

 I started looking into everything needed to start my own business. I had enough products to show what I could do so everyone could understand what my business was about. 

I looked into many website builders and was extremely interested in Shopify. I think the hardest part about starting my own business was creating the website. I never realized everything you had to do to successfully build your business. With Shopify the process was fairly easy because it does most of the work for you.  

Eventually when I had everything figured out, I launched Sydney’s Studio. I received lots of amazing support from people I didn’t think would support. On the down side I received little to no support from people who were the closest to me. Through all of that it only made me want to work even harder. 

What I like about being an entrepreneur is that I am my own boss. I love the fact that I work on my own time and do what I love and what inspires me. Not only that, but I love the feeling when I get the final reveal of my product and am able to say that I made that. I didn’t buy and resell my products, I made them in the comfort of my own home, and I love that about my resin business. 

The one and main thing I dislike about having a resin business is wasting materials or resin. Resin is not super easy and products could be ruined by not having the exact measurements or not working fast enough. And when I’m working on something that calls for a lot, I could possibly waste a lot. Which is very irritating and stressful, sometimes making me want to give up. 

Having my own business and selling my own products is very uplifting. Since I make handmade products it has taken a toll on my time, but seeing my results makes me very proud of myself and how much I’ve progressed since I started. 

Throughout starting my business I learned so much. How to brand, market, use social media platforms, and to go out of my comfort zone to catch the eye of other people who probably aren’t extremely interested in what I’m interested in. I also learned about shipping, customer service and to accept when things don’t go as planned. 

I believe starting a business during quarantine is probably one of the best decisions I have made. I learned so much and feel like I have a better understanding of what I want to do. 

I believe anyone who wants to start a business should go for it. Never be afraid of what other people will think of you, or if they won’t like what you do. Never hold back from what you love doing because of your peers. I definitely think before starting a business you should always know that it’s something you want to do for the long run, and what you enjoy doing so you don’t overwhelm yourself with something you don’t like.