We had the good fortune of connecting with Karen Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karen, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
One very important lesson my business has taught me is to have patience and never give up. There has been days that I don’t get any orders and days that my messages are poppin’ with orders. I’ve learned that if you want your business to grow you have to be constant with everything you do, whether its posting everyday or creating a new item. I know the clientele that I have and I know that they constantly want to see new items. I have clients that have asked me ” what else are you going to make?” So I constantly see myself thinking what could be my next big seller!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Something that always excites me is creating new things ! I love to see my followers reactions once I show them a finished product. I got to where I am now with the help of my followers and my husband. My first interview with Voyage Houston I said everything was going easy but now that my business has been going for almost a year I can say there is a couple of challenges that come along. One challenge that came along was loosing a vendor to one of my best sellers. I now am reaching out to other vendors that might have a similar item. One thing about my business is that I like to offer items at an affordable price so I am constantly looking for good quality and affordable material. One very valuable lesson I learned is to buy in bulk especially when something is selling out ! Overall I’m happy I started my own business that I know will continue to grow as long as I keep my faith strong and I continue to hustle.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take her to the northside of Houston where I have met the most hardworking people. There’s this place called “Pekaditos” and they sell the best aguas frescas you can find. They make them with natural fruits and they fix them up in customized cantaritos, its just such an amazing expirice going there ! I would then take her to visit ” El De La Barbacoa” so she could try the tostitos preparados. They’re Mexican chips mixed with cilantro, onion, and your choice of brisket or “barbacoa” and they top it off with a creamy green salsa. I always get a mixture of both because they’re so good ! I would then take her to ” The Peoples Market” where she gives small business owners the opportunity to sell they’re items. There’s always delicious food, nice music and a variety of personal items you can buy. You can stop at someone’s tent and get food and then stop at the next and buy jewelry, home décor and so much more !
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The ONE person I would like to shoutout would be my husband he’s my mentor, my biggest supporter and my biggest fan. I always go to him first when I have an idea and I ask him how he feels about it and whether I should go for it. Nothing to him is ever impossible, I could ask him ” You think I could start selling wholesale ? or You think I could get bigger machinery?” and his answer will always be YES! He’s the type of person that if he sees that I’m busy with my business he will take care of everything around the house, from cooking to cleaning to caring for our 3 year old son. I’m just so grateful and blessed to have found someone that supports me in every step of the way.
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