We talked to Ryan Bomzer of Carved Culture about carvings, and he had the following to say:-
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Ryan Bomzer: We are doing well, although sometimes we feel isolated and as we never worked from home before, we are now surrounded by our work which has some positives and negatives. Firstly, our business has developed massively this year. We have been making YouTube videos, improved our website design, and have created a ton of educational content that is converting customers.
Unfortunately, all of this has been at the expense of our mental health. Most days feel the same, and we feel the need to socialize more and want to catch up with friends and family.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded or joined this company.
Ryan Bomzer: We started our company in march 2016 by selling second-hand items online, since then we have sourced many suppliers from around the world, captivating eco-friendly, handmade, fair trade, and sustainability as our mission.
How does your company innovate?
Ryan Bomzer: we are always looking for new ways to innovate by writing free educational articles, how-to guides, to not only help consumers buy but also to create.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Ryan Bomzer: During the first few months of the pandemic, it was very difficult. This is because of having two young children at home and not knowing where our health or business was heading. As a result, we closed the business to reduce the risk of contracting the virus. As this became an ongoing issue, we eventually opened it back and received more sales than ever due to shops being closed.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Ryan Bomzer: It was difficult to close our business as it meant we had a short term loss. The main lesson learnt is that no matter what life throws at us, it is possible to grow and adapt to any situation.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
Ryan Bomzer: Stress and anxiety can be solved by putting problems to paper and then turning it into a plan. Then your mind will be free to breathe, meditate, or perform self-care. Our business is a big part of our personality in the sense that natural things bring us happiness.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Ryan Bomzer: Our competitors are others who sell on the same platforms like us, but we plan on staying in the game by simply innovating new ideas and growing as people with our business.