Welcome to a new series on Lifestyle Fifty all about women who do it better! Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs over 50 who are out there enjoyiing life and running their own businesses – and loving what they do.
Women Entrepreneurs over 50 – Meet Christin Svard.
What prompted you to start your own business?
Travel brings many challenges, experiencing different cultures and I really like to learn as much as I can whilst traveling too.
I was motivated by a lack of stylish travel bags with a practical purpose and knew I had the creative capabilities to design a hopefully, beautiful product and so I started my own business to satisfy this niche market.
Tell us a little more about Travel & Living Collection.
I design and sell a collection of different size bags for both travel and daily life, which as our tag line says are: Designed for Travel Designed for Living.
Whether you are going to a supermarket or the Sahara, a handbag you love is the ultimate travel companion. To me, it needs to look beautiful, feel amazing and be practical.
I believe that for travel you need that perfect bag, that bag that will go anywhere and everywhere with you.
Each of our bags is handmade with gorgeous super soft durable leathers, designed and made with TLC!
Our collection ranges from convenient travel purses through to large overnighter and weekender bags and all are purpose designed for ease of use. They feature convenient and secure pockets for passports and documents, with sturdy straps and clasps, and all made from high-quality luxe genuine leathers in a wide array of tempting colors.
What traits to you think you need to be a successful entrepreneur?
For me being a successful entrepreneur over 50 all comes down to living your passion.
Plus you need to be a good listener, show empathy, and have time for your customers by giving great customer service, and adding that little-unexpected extra whenever you can.
I think you then build great and trusting relations/ships. Have a great sense of humour and not take yourself too seriously.
You certainly need to be ready to learn as you go about your business, it is a journey. You have to be determined to make the business work, and you need a great work ethic.
How do you wind down and look after yourself?
If you weren’t doing what you do now – what work or business would you be working on instead?
What other small business ideas do you think might make great entrepreneurial niches?
Find out more
“TLC bags are unique in that they reflect a love of travel, adventure, and luxury. The soft leathers are a sensory experience, have a velvety feel, and smell of smooth sumptuous leather. Our new collection also features styles made with deluxe silky linings which are printed from the renowned Norwegian watercolour artist Helge Fredbo works.” Christin.
Video : How to be more successful if you work for yourself over 50.
Do you know any successful women entrepreneurs over 50 – are you one? Please let me know in the comments and let’s talk about featuring you in this series 🙂
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