My next business feature I interviewed Christy Winfrey, aged 51 from Birmingham, AL USA. Christy and her husband, Philip, own Winfrey Designs.
Together, Christy and Philip make rustic, elegant signs from upcycled wood.
Christy has provided me with this statement about Winfrey Designs and working with her husband:
“We began this business to bless others, but we are the ones who get blessed! We have rejoiced with customers, and cried with customers. We truly consider it an honor when people choose us to make a sign for them. Its not just a money making venture for us. It is so much more”
Here is my interview with Christy…
What made you decide to setup your business?
My husband and I wanted to create a business that would bless other people.
What do you do and what products do you sell?
We handcraft each sign and hand paint them as well. Lots of custom work, which we love!
What products seem to be your best sellers?
Our wedding signs are very popular, as well as our larger signs.
Who are your biggest competitors?
I really don’t pay much attention to that, we just do our best to accommodate each and every customer.
How do you advertise your business?
Lots of social media! You can find us everywhere! FB, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
How would you recommend your business to potential customers?
We make each sign as if it were for family. A lot of love and care is put into each one. They are very sturdy, all of great quality, and will last for generations.
Did you have any problems when starting your business? If so, how did you overcome them?
Learning SEO was the biggest hurdle! I did a ton of research and joined some excellent Facebook groups as well. That really helped to get our products seen.
How do you decide on your designs?
Most of our designs are from scripture, so it just comes to me. Some of them are awesome customer requests that become listings in our shop. I love the process of designing, it is so much fun!
What has been your favourite piece to work on?
I would have to say our Great is Thy Faithfulness wedding sign, It is the most labor intensive, but is really beautiful.
Are there any offers on your products running at the moment?
We do have a VIP promo code for our Facebook fans right now.
What has the experience of owning a business been like for you?
It is so wonderful. Philip and I absolutely love working together, We are both humbled and blessed to be able to do this for a living.
The store and social media links for Winfrey Designs are listed below:
Thank you for answering my questions Christy. It has been a pleasure interviewing and getting to know you. I wish you and your husband well in your business venture.