When Gift lost his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his ingenuity didn’t allow him to sit and wait for employment. He used his skills and love for plants to start his backyard business, Pots About Plants. The pandemic left an overwhelming number of people unemployed without any source of income. The COVID-19 SASSA relief grant could only stretch so far, and many South Africans had to start their own businesses and think of creative ways to bring income to their homes.
Gift used a skill he already possessed to start Pots About Plants. The business sells concrete pots as well as various succulents that he grows in his backyard. The company started on Instagram with a Google Doc order placement mechanism. 1-grid has subsequently designed Gift’s website, and Pots About Plants is now live on the world wide web, and you can easily add your desired pots to cart and seamlessly checkout.
We asked Gift a few questions about his business, and this is how the conversation went:
Tell us more about your business?
Potsaboutplant is a small business where I make and sell pot plants and the pots with flowers in it.
Why did you start your business?
I started this business because I lost my job due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What was the biggest challenge you faced when starting your business?
The challenges were financial, and I also struggled to market my business.
What challenges has your business faced as a result of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown in SA?
The challenges I still am facing now; I don’t get as many customers as I would like and other customers are failing to come and collect their flowers.
When did you decide to take your business online?
It was on 24 May, when my website went live.
What advice do you have for people who want to start their businesses?
The advice I would give them is not to underestimate themselves because they can change the world. If you believe in yourself and have confidence in your ideas, put in the effort and do something about it.
Where did you hear about 1-grid?
I saw it for the first time online.
What made you choose 1-grid?
I chose 1-grid because of the product offering and the opportunity to grow my business.
In summary, what is your impression of 1-grid?
Am very impressed with 1-grid – my business is growing, and it’s due to being online.
Would you recommend 1-grid to your friends and family?
Absolutely. The services are amazing, and the technical assistance is top tier. I’ll gladly recommend 1-grid to anyone looking to take their business online.