Clippo – the business baby created by Alexandria Durrell – is a great Canadian Mom run company! Alex and her team make high quality ‘Clip’ based accessories for adults and kids! To quote Alex directly: “My aim is to provide great quality, beautiful products and to support other Canadian businesses who believe in the same, all of them being handmade here in Canada. There are an awful lot of accessories on the market that are imported from overseas, factory-made in places that have less than optimal working conditions, just to keep stuff cheap. We’re not about that. We know we may not be the cheapest, but we’re definitely the best.”
Tell our readers about your business?
Clippo started as a kids’ accessories business, and will soon be selling accessories for everyone — kids, adults, and everyone in between. We have everything from hair accessories to jewellery, bow ties to napkins. Everything’s handmade in Canada, too.
Why did you start your business?
I wanted a new challenge and creative outlet outside of parenting when I first became a stay-at-home mom, in 2006.
What’s your single biggest challenge in running your business?
My biggest challenge has been time management. It’s difficult to quit the work day when you work from home, for yourself. It’s so hard to just turn off the computer and walk away, trusting that everything will be fine tomorrow (and it will!). I found myself working at all hours of the day because I wasn’t working effectively. Setting a schedule is key to time management.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting their own business?
My advice is simple — find others who run small businesses and ask for advice and support. Those who have been in your shoes have the most to share, and are generally more than happy to support another entrepreneur.
What’s the single biggest positive you experience in running your business?
The reward of starting something from nothing and seeing it succeed is the best feeling ever. Having someone tweet me to say, “I love my Clippos!” makes my day, every single time, even 7 years later.