We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexis Alba and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexis, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
So, it is honestly crazy how everything happened. I was a few weeks away from having my youngest son, and I really wanted to make him a ” New to the Alba crew onesie”. I had all the supplies and tools I needed to make the onesie, so one night I stayed up late just to get it done. There was a lot of trial and errors; I started getting frustrated and didn’t want to do it anymore. But, when I finally had the finished I was so happy.
Then my sister in law asked me to make her Disney shirts for their family vacation. I told her that I would do it, and in the process I just enjoyed it so much. I am a stay at home mom so I seen it as I had just started a hobby that I was getting addicted to. Fast forward, and we are in November when ” the business” started. I wasn’t officially out there yet, but I did start selling Christmas items. When I tell you it went so well it was unbelievable. That is when I had made my business name Created by Lexie. I wanted my business name to be something that my customers could easily remember, but I didn’t want it to be what everyone else has.
That is how my business started, but the actual though of starting my business was to help my husband, Eric Alba with getting our first home. He works 5-6 days out of the week so we can put the money up for a house. And I decided to start my business so we could bring in extra income to be where we needed to be faster.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I make pretty much anything you can think of. Business cards, stickers, shirts, budget binders, etc. I am most proud of my payment scanners that I have made for my customers. That is the item that brings in all of my referrals, it is a very popular item with my business. I have even thought about selling on Etsy pretty soon! Getting to where I am today has actually been a roller-coaster ride for me. When I first started my kids were very small and always napping. Now that they are getting bigger they require more attention, so it is harder for me to get my work done like I used to. And honestly daycare is just too expensive for 3 kids. There was one point where I literally had a mental break down because I felt like it was too much for me. I had thought about taking a break for a few months, possibly just stopping my business. But then I realized that I have so many customers, friends, and family that are always here supporting me. And I couldn’t just give up like that, so I took a 2 week break for my mental health. I’ve learned that it is important to take your breaks, and do not over book yourself. So, what I had to start doing was giving myself a schedule. I start working on orders at 8am and attempt to finish by 6:30pm, then I have my weekends off to spend with my family.
And, I want the world to know that I truly enjoy making all of my customers happy when they receive their order. All of the positive feedback is what keeps me going. Even though it gets tough having my kids by my side while I work, that will not stop me from doing what I love most; Growing my clientele and meeting more amazing people.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely say we would go to Baybrook Mall. I love their theater; you get to have dinner/lunch while getting to watch a movie. And they just have a bunch of nice restaurants to visit. Another place would be Holly bay park. It is a very nice park, with a bike trail, a running track, and there is a nice area to play kickball with the family.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I will always thank my mother in law Azanett Bazan for letting me use her supplies so I can start my business. And my husband Eric Alba for being my number one supporter, and always giving me positive feedback when I start feeling low. Also, I definitely can not forget about my customers! Without there support and love that they show me daily I wouldn’t be where I am now.