Hi, Shelly here. Occasionally we like to use the blog to shine a spotlight on some of our great sellers. We have a wonderfully diverse group of sellers on Bonanza, with a lot of small businesses you might want to support. I interviewed ECUALAMA this week to learn how their business started, what makes them tick, and what advice they have for other sellers. I’m excited to introduce you to Nataliya!
Nataliya. Check out her booth here!
How did ECUALAMA get its start?
I moved to Ecuador from Russia, and one day I met a man in a park in Quito who sold snail cream. He had jars with cream and live snails. I decided it was an interesting product, so I bought it and sent it to my friends in Russia. A week later, they asked me to send them 10 more jars. I sent it to them and opened a Bonanza account, deciding that this product would be of interest to many. After that, I added some blankets to the booth, which the artisan families weave from alpaca. It was 8 years ago. This is how I started Ecualama: snail cream and alpaca blankets.
What advice would you give to new sellers starting out for the first time?
My advice for new entrepreneurs: patience and faith in your abilities. Success doesn’t come with the first sale, you must work hard and do it honestly to earn the respect and love of your customers.
What is your favorite part about selling on Bonanza?
Bonanza is a great opportunity for anyone to try to create their own business in healthy competition.
Do you have a favorite quote you’d like to share?
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
What do you like to do when you are not maintaining your booth?
In my free time, I play tennis and run through the eucalyptus forest, where you can meet llamas and alpacas. These amazingly beautiful animals give me a lot of strength and help me see a lot of beauty around.
Thank you, Nataliya! It was a pleasure to meet you. Isn’t it interesting how a seemingly random meeting involving snails can turn into a business? Did you have a similar “Ah-ha” moment to Nataliya’s that started your own selling journey? We’d love to hear in the comments.