2019 Ausmumpreneur finalist Junie Lin is the founder of Hamptons Home, an online shop focused on beautifully crafted coastal chic furniture and houseware based on seaside homes in the Hamptons, New York. Junie was a nominee for the Retail Business Award this year.
Hampton Homes is gaining momentum and commended by the press as one of the best stores in Australia to buy Hamptons style homewares.
Junie has a busy home life too, so we found some time to talk to Junie about the Ausmumpreneur awards - what it means and her advice for starting your own business.
1. What’s the been the best moment about starting your own business?
As soon as I started the business, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life and I wasn't going to let anything stop me from working as hard as I could. This isn’t to say that we didn't hit some bumps in the road along the way.
For Hamptons Home, the last two years has been a lot of changes, we expanded into a team of 6 and ventured into manufacturing our own designs, that customers rushed to order and raved about. Just recently, we pre-sold our entire batch of our in-house design market tote bag and one of our cushion covers was sold out in less than 48 hours.
For any business owner, getting your product out and seeing a positive reaction from your customers is an ultimate celebration point.
2. What has this nomination meant for you?
I submitted the Ausmumpreneur entry form with zero expectations, but soon realized my faraway dream of becoming an award-nominating business could actually come true. This wonderful experience has now inspired me to think bigger for my business and create even more ambitious projects.
When I received news that I was one of the finalists in the Retail category, I immediately called my husband to talk about what a humbling and empowering experience it has been to have top industry women in business validate my work.
3. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to start their own business?
If you want to start a small business, don't quit your day job just yet. There's a lot of growing pains financially when starting and growing your business.
This process is obviously a lot more physically draining especially if you have a young family, but your day job serves as an important safety net while you build your business.
Sometimes, it might be a better idea to wait until you have a steady income before making the jump to a full-time business owner.
4. What was your biggest take away from the 2019 Ausmumpreneur Awards?
The biggest lesson we learned from this experience is the effect an awards show can have on your trustability and personal confidence in the competitive retail industry. If I didn’t pluck my courage to submit our work to be judged, then I would never seen anything for our efforts for the past few years.
The support and trust my business and I gained from the Ausmumpreneaur Awards nomination was invaluable. I was congratulated by so many of our friends and family, and on our social media following. Even our local Member of Parliament sent me a letter of congratulations to me! Again, all of this was the result of entering the Ausmumpreneur Awards.
I am so grateful for everything that happened because of the Ausmumpreneur Awards.
I am also honoured to sit through the entire event withs so many mumpreneurs where we learned so much about honing our craft and celebrate our success together.
https://hamptonshome.com.au/ showcases home décor, from cushions to wall art, which imbue your home with a vibe that speaks of beach elegance.