The PD Women In Business Series is an interview-style blog series on the Pangea Dreams blog that highlights female entrepreneurs who have joined us on Retreats over the past several years. In this series, we will get to know these Alumni better and learn about the incredible businesses that they are running.
Current Position: Owner of Juno + Ace and Atelier 9
Currently living: Sydney, Australia
Hometown: St.Ives, Cornwall, UK
Hey Sacha! We are so excited to have you featured on this series! Can you tell our community a little background about you and how you got into your current role/how you started your business?
I started making jewellery when I was pregnant with my first baby nearly 10 years ago. This grew and developed over the years and after 2 more babies and a move to the other side of the world, it evolved into a homewears brand, specialising in brass mobiles and wall hangings.
Have you always been entrepreneurial? What led you to taking that first step and setting up your own business?
I first started because I’d had taken maternity leave and was feeling a bit bored. I’d finished a uni degree in Film Studies and without knowing what to do I started working in my husbands hospitality business.
I then fell pregnant and thought that it was the perfect time to start using my creativity. So I went and had a few one on one lessons with a local lady in Brighton where I was living at the time.
I loved the whole process and continued to make things as often as possible.
After Sonny, my boy, was born I set up and Etsy shop and it slowly grew from there. I’d get occasional orders and I’d make them up while Sonny was asleep. It’s kept me busy and sane whilst looking after a small baby!!
If any, what challenges have you experienced as a woman in business during your overall career?
I feel extremely lucky to say I haven’t personally experienced any negative challenges related to being a woman in business. As I’ve been working for myself for so long now, no one else really has a say!
I think the hardest things was that, like lots of women, I felt I wasn’t good enough and I had imposter syndrome type stuff. I still haven’t got over that but I can now stand back and look at what I’ve created, both in my metal work business and my studio/shop and feel a sense of achievement.
Where would you say your business was at before the Pangea Dreams Retreat and where would you say your business was after?
My business was in the earlier stages when I went to Pangea Dreams Retreat. The retreat definitely helped to teach me more about SEO optimisation and photography, which in turn has helped to grow my socials and my sales online.
I went to the March ‘19 Bali retreat and wish I could go back!!
What is one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs just starting out in their journey?
Just keep trying! I think I’ve learnt that if you don’t know how to do something, just keep researching and learning until you know how to do it.
You’ll get there eventually.
How can someone get in touch with you?
Business IG: @junoandace_
Thank you, Sacha!
Sacha Jacobsen of Juno + Ace is an Alumni of our Pangea Dreams Bali Retreat.