Beads x Meg - Megan White in Banff, AB
Started beading now she's here.. everyday bead wear inspired by nature. Collection consists of gemstones, pearls and seed beads.
How did Beads x Meg start and how long have you been in business?
Beads x Meg started 4 years ago. I have always made jewelry as a hobby and started to sell my pieces to friends and family. I received a government grant and began to expand my business on Etsy, selling in retail shops and hosting workshops.
What inspired you to get into beadwork?
I find bead work to be very calming. Beading is also a way to explore my creative side.
Is this your primary job and did you have prior training in business?
Currently Beads x Meg is not my primary job. I also work in the service industry. I am a self taught bead artist.
What are your goals for the next year?
My top 3 goals for next year;
- Reach 200 sales on Etsy
- Have Beads x Meg in 2 new retail spaces
- Host more workshops (in person or online)
What would you say is the most challenging part of working for yourself?
The most challenging part about working for yourself is having enough time. Having enough time as one person to complete all the tasks that come with running a business.
What would you say is the most rewarding part about working for yourself?
The most rewarding part about working for myself is being able to be creative. I have always loved making jewelry and other crafts. It is also very special having so many friends, family and online community love the jewelry I create.
Which beads are the most popular and what benefits can they give for healing/health?
As of lately Moonstone has been the most popular gemstone. Moonstone has been know to help foster new beginnings and promote inner growth. Moonstone also helps balance ones emotions and can create a sense of calm.
What would be your ideal dream for Beads x Meg?
The ideal dream for Beads x Meg would be to create full time. Would love to see my jewelry in more retail spaces and attending more markets and pop ups.
Do you ever get inspired by nature and your environment to create?
Yes I do. When I can I love making jewelry outside. Some of the gemstones I use also remind me of the beautiful lakes and mountains that surround me in the Rockies.
Lastly, any advice you would give to someone that is thinking of working for themselves?
Start the business! You do not have to have everything figured out to begin.