Emma McKelvey is a young entrepreneur and the owner of EM of all Trades. From a young age, she loved to draw, create, and design things, especially for others. She finds joy in creating and seeing the end result is incredibly rewarding for her. With this business she hopes to bring joy to others lives by bringing personalized touches into each and every piece she works on. Learn more about Emma below.
What inspired you to start your business?
“I have always loved homemade anything, especially as gifts. Most of my gifts and all of my cards were handmade growing up. Something about the thoughtfulness and time is so special. I wanted to be able to bring that joy to others as well. Seeing people’s reactions and excitement over a handmade item is incredible. A lot of my pieces are given as gifts and it makes me happy to be apart of giving a gift that is personal and unique.”
What advice would you give a student or aspiring entrepreneur?
“Time management is key. It’s tough. But you have to work at it to be able to accomplish your goals. Whether it be in school, your job, or as an entrepreneur. Time can slip away so easily and time is your most valuable thing, especially as an entrepreneur. Take a deep breathe, don’t stress and use it wisely… and of course.. fuel your soul. Go after your passion, whatever it is. Do it.”
How has social media influenced or helped your business? Do you have an example?
“Without social media I would not have this business. It is the sole reason I am capable of doing this and without it, it would just be a hobby. Posting finished products is what really draws people in. They see my post and reach out about something similar while also being able to scroll through previous posts to get an idea of what EM of all Trades is and what I can do for them. I am able to reach so many more people with social media. And so easily.”
What is next for your business?
“I want this business to bring me happiness as much as it brings others happiness. It is my creative outlet and I think it’s important to remind myself of that. I don’t want to fall into a place where this turns into “work”. I am looking for challenges and to try things I haven’t done yet to allow myself to grow and stay creative. Learning and furthering myself is my main goal and as long as I am doing that, wherever it takes me I will go.”
How would you describe your brand in 3 words?
“Quality, sincerity, authenticity”