Kim Russo is the yarn dyer behind Kim Dyes Yarn. We met at The National NeedleArts Association summer show in June, and later I spent some time talking to Kim, who shared how her business has transformed over the past 10 years, how she transitioned her fully online business to one that includes face-to-face elements, and her approach to time management.
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About Kim Russo
About the Episode
In this episode, I chat with Kim about her business and we cover many topics including:
- How she started in business 10 years ago as a maker of wool soakers (diaper covers), selling her items online as Sit on Knit.
- How she approached naming her current business.
- How she used a combination of photography, clear policies, and customer service to build her brand online.
- How she transitioned from an entirely online business model to one that includes selling yarn at fiber festivals and other events.
- Why she decided to “put her big girl panties on” to overcome her shyness at events.
- How she developed and uses online relationships to find business collaborators and to get advice when needed.
Kim also closes the interview by sharing some words of wisdom for shy creative business owners. Listen to the podcast for more discussion from me and Kim.
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