Meet The Maker - Carolyn & Josh from Duckish
We are so fortunate to have so any amazing makers featured in our stores. Today, we'll be talking to you about Carolyn & Josh from the company Duckish. They make these incredible natural products, such as lip balms, body butters & lotion sticks. We just recently added Duckish Products to our shelves and we are so happy we did.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I developed my first product, the diaper cream stick, for my nephew when he was born. I wanted to make him a petrolatum-free, but still effective bum cream. I wasn't even viewing it as a business at the time, but people liked what I'd made, so I kept tinkering, and things snowballed from there!
What are some of the challenges you face as an entrepreneur?
How much time do you have? I'd say financial insecurity is maybe the biggest challenge. Even though we've built Duckish slowly and carefully, it still requires investment, and you don't always know when your pay cheque is going to come! That can be a really scary feeling. But we believe in our products and continue to get great feedback, so we're sticking with it!
What advice would you give to others looking to become maker or creators?
This may be a bit of a downer, but the biggest advice I can give is to be realistic about how long it will take to be able to pay yourself. I feel like we're inundated with stories about businesses that take off like a shot, but most businesses take years to become sustainable. Many makers start their businesses as side gigs, and that can be a great way to test the market.
We here at My Home Mercantile would like to encourage you to shop local and support small businesses like Duckish. You can find Duckish products at all of our locations, as well as on their website.