Kawaii Kids (children’s clothing retailer)
After the birth of her first child ten years ago, Andrea Harrison was inspired to launch her very own children’s clothing retail store.
Kawaii Kids started out as a small, online store Andrea ran from her home in country Victoria.
Not one for settling, as the business grew, her goals for Kawaii Kids got bigger.
“There were things I really wanted to do, like launch my own clothing line and open a physical store. Finding the money to get the ball rolling on those things was so difficult,” she said.
Five years later, Andrea was able to open her first bricks and mortar store and she has realised her dream of founding her own children’s fashion line.
While she says raising her four children is harder than running Kawaii Kids, she says keeping the business thriving comes with its problems – particularly when it comes to financing new season stock.
“Selling seasonal products can be tough financially. You always have to remain one season ahead.
After hearing about Kikka at a small business forum, Andrea realised taking out a loan was the solution to maintaining healthy cash flow in spite of retail seasonality.
“Kikka has given me the financial freedom I need to achieve my business goals. I’m able to maintain my online store and ensure we’re always able to purchase the best new stock each season.”
Keeping her business thriving is no mean feat but with sheer grit, Andrea has been able to keep Kawaii Kids going for over a decade.
“My life is a massive juggling act. If I knew how hard running a small business while raising a family would be, I probably wouldn’t have done it. But having access to resources like Kikka makes running a small business a lot less stressful.”