To celebrate Independent Retailer Month, with the help of our partners SumUp we’re spending July highlighting some incredible independent retail entrepreneurs.
SumUp helps small businesses to get paid, whether they’re starting up or leveling up, supporting entrepreneurs to make their business ‘oOOooficial’.
Rachel Mammone paints the sky, the sea and pieces inspired by nature using the most beautiful watercolours and pigments that she bought at market in Peru. They create the most amazing colours, tones and textures and Rachel loves getting to create one-off pieces of artwork. She also sell prints of her paintings, cards that feature these designs along with her favourite quotes and handmade crystal bead bracelets, and homeware which all feature colours that inspire the paintings.
When did you switch the business from a hobby or side hustle into an oOOoofficial business?
It was right before the pandemic hit that I took the leap to leave one of my part-time jobs to focus on running my business. It’s been an interesting first year but selling through socials and online markets has been great to showcase and market my business.
What are your hopes for the business post-Covid?
I’m really looking forward to attending more markets again, getting to sell alongside other amazing small businesses in person and sharing my work with the public again.
What’s the best thing about being an independent retailer?
I love running a small business and getting to use my creativity to make work to sell. It always amazes me that people own items I have made or created. One of the things I love most is packing up orders with little notes and extras for customers and then getting to see their purchases once they’ve arrived!
Being a small business, how have you benefitted from digital transformation?
This past year it has been a huge benefit getting to share my work online. Having Instagram, sites like Pedddle and Etsy and community groups on there have meant I’ve still been able to share and showcase my work. When I do sell in person, my SumUp card machine has made it so much easier to take payments from people, as most customers do pay by card now too.