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Jump In With Both Feet

Jump in With Both Feet - Ramont, CH

Jump in with both feet

Starting a business from scratch often means just taking the plunge.

When Essentially Lili was founded, it was pretty much a ‘Jump In With Both Feet’  kind of experience.

We were unsure of going ahead with this venture.We were afraid of failing, scared and worried that it would become such an overwhelming experience, that we would not cope as a result. 

I contemplated becoming a consultant for a well-known established Brand as the safer option.But I knew I would be unable to promote products that I was unwilling to use on my own face due to what I suffered in my youth.

I remember feeling somewhat overwhelmed as my brain processed the negative thought process of, ‘What if I can’t?What if I fail? What if no one likes what I do?’It is so easy to remain in a negative mind-set and so much harder to pull yourself out with your head held high as you plan to ‘Jump in with Both Feet’!

To help overcome my uncertainty, I went to see what other women and mums were doing in Zurich. These Mums are inspirational to say the least, as they juggle their often very young families, commitments and businesses to be a success!   They make, create, sell, inspire, share, help, promote, build each-other up and encourage other Women to do the same.

I said to myself … ‘Well why not?  If I don’t try, I will never know and might regret this for the rest of my life. 

What if they LOVE the Brand, our All Natural, Homemade Cosmetics, No Chemicals or Unnatural Preservatives Products?  Wouldn’t it be better for people to use the Essentially Lili Products and share via Word of Mouth their love for it to others?

Excited about the prospect of helping others, the name Essentially Lili came to life by bringing together the use of Essential Oils and my name Lili.

Two days later, with a bag of sample containers obtained from our local Chemist / Drogerie, we cleared the kitchen and began making a batch of Nourishing Face Balm to give out to people.We went to Zurich and handed out Essentially Lili samples with a note about the ingredients contained, details about Essentially Lili and how to contact us for more information.

We waited… and waited… and waited for Feedback.   This was the hardest part, waiting and then collating feedback.

Our first client’s face to face feedback (which can be found in Testimonials had me in tears of joy, as I listened to her story and how the Essentially Lili product had helped her in such a short space of time.

Since then, we have been asked to make so many other products that are now in the Essentially Lili Range.  There is feedback about the various products in the Testimonials part of the website which we hope you will enjoy reading.

It has been a roller-coaster journey so far, with mixed emotions of joy and frustration. We have had to juggle the time around our young family and studies.We have been building the brand and reputation, whilst creating and blending products.  The amazing stories shared by people makes this journey all worth it.

Blog Participation:

Do you remember a time when you just ‘Jumped Into’ an adventure, a relationship, a new job, a travel destination or even moved to a new Country?How did this make you feel – scared, excited, anxious, nervous or thrilled to the core? 

We would love to hear in the comments below what you did, as sometimes we forget just how brave we really are.

Should you wish to Contact us for more information, email info@essentiallylili.com

You can read more About Lili here, see the Products we offer and find other Essentially Lili’s Blogs on our webpage.

The photo of the kids was taken at Romont in Switzerland expressing how we feel!!

Kind Regards Lili @ Essentially Lili

Hello World

Hello World, Kussnacht am Rigi

Hello World

We say hello for the first time to Switzerland and the International visitors
attending the market of Kussnacht am Rigi.

Our website www.essentiallylili.com is almost ready for the launching to the world!I am writing this blog whilst trying to figure out how WordPress and Woocommerce works!

Sharing the journey of Essentially Lili first began on Facebook . We opened the Facebook business section, though we used it as a diary to share the journey and add Testimonials from customers when we received them. We wanted to build up credibility and Our Brand. We launched it for public viewing almost a year later which we were really nervous about.

Seeing Essentially Lili Products being talked about on Instagram by our first customer was an amazing feeling!

We set up an Instagram account so we could share more photos and share it with others. Months later, we set up a Twitter account so that we could begin cross-linking the social media avenues to each other. Essentially Lili is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter  and Pinterest.

Today it is necessary to be part of various Social Media avenues in order to build up your reputation and rapport. Though it does take a little getting used to.

In the meantime, the Essentially Lili website was being developed as I continued my studies.  The website has had some highs and lows on the journey, a combination of great feedback and suggestions for change.  We wanted to take on board the comments made by those that took the time to test and check it out.

We are working together in making the website the way Essentially Lili visualises it to be.  The key is being an effective team, listening to each other, bouncing ideas, sharing suggestions and ultimately achieving the goal in sight. Sometimes this part is the hardest.

We believe that sometimes baby steps are better in the long run, as it gives us a chance to reflect, improve, evolve, experiment, change things around before jumping in with both feet and taking the plunge! Whilst we strive for perfection, we realise that perhaps we can never achieve it – but we would like to think we tried hard in getting it right from the beginning.

We will launch sooner than later!  Please let us know what you like about the website and suggested improvements in case we missed something important. 

BLOG PARTICIPATION:

Have you had a chance to follow Essentially Lili on either of the Social Media Pages?    Which are your favourites – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest?  Do you think Essentially Lili should join any other means of Social Media?   I would love to hear what you think in the comments below and your suggestions too!

Should you wish to Contact us for more information, email info@essentiallylili.com

You can read more About Lili here, see the Products we offer and find other Essentially Lili’s Blogs on our webpage.

Kind Regards Lili @ Essentially Lili

Using WordPress

Using Wordpress

Using WordPress

We had so many choices
From building our webpage from scratch,
Self-build sites like Etsy, Shopify, Weebly & Wix
before finally deciding to build it ourselves with WordPress & Woo Commerce.

The process for building our Essentially Lili Webpage has been ongoing since December 2015.

In life, make sure you are happy with what you’re doing and pursue it with everything you’ve got!

What started as a simple idea of ‘Let’s just get an Etsy Shop’, became a conversation of ‘No, let me build your website from scratch!’

We were excited about the idea of having a custom made webpage. I could concentrate on my Diplomas whilst it was being built.

Whilst I studied Holistic Skincare Products & Aromatherapy, we were still making Essentially Lili products for our customers.  

The studies are a major aspect of Essentially Lili,our Journey, Brand and ultimately About Lili.

The Diplomas achieved provide Essentially Lili with credibility when helping my customers.  The Diploma Certifications allowed me to obtain other important documentation which are necessary for continuing the business, and gave me the opportunity to join the International College of Holistic Medicine.

For personal reasons, the custom made Essentially Lili website remained incomplete despite having received quite a lot of positive feedback about it.  It was a heart-breaking decision for us to decide to stop all work on it and start all over again.

We looked at other web designer options: we liked the idea of Shopify but the idea of learning so much code was exhausting. We liked Weebly though for Essentially Lili, we needed more layout options. Wix was great at the beginning as it allowed us to be creative in expressing what we wanted the webpage to look like.  We loved the flexibility of drop and drag onto the site, add and change the text as well as mess about with fonts.But we had to stop here too, as Wix didn’t provide security on emails when orders and payments were being processed.  We then discovered WordPress with WooCommerce – where we are today!

We are in the early stages of seeing what can and can’t be done, though we estimate being finished in 2 months.So far, we are happy with the outcome. We still need to figure out a few things, but we decided there’s no rush now!  We have waited so long for a functional website. Now we can do it ourselves and have exactly ‘What Essentially Lili wants!

BLOG PARTICIPATION:

We would love to read in the comments below how Essentially Lili has been able to help, advise and provide you with products irrespective of the website not being functional. How did you contact us?

We want to give away Products to 3 participants who give the best response on their personal experience, and what product they used and what they love about it.   Offer ends Jan 5th 2017.

Should you wish to Contact us for more information, email info@essentiallylili.com

You can read more About Lili here, see the Products we offer and find other Essentially Lili’s Blogs on our webpage.

Kind Regards Lili @ Essentially Lili