Small Business Spotlight | R-Line Accessories
Tell us about you and your company
R-Line Accessories was actually started by my husband, Ryan. At the time, I just began my physical therapy program and didn't feel I had the time to assist. After some resistance on my end I began to help with product presentation, social media and product photography. I slowly became more and more involved and began contributing to create new designs and expanding our product range. Thus, we've become not only life partners but business partners.
What inspired you to start your company?
Ryan has always encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone and try new things. I've always been a more creative person with my love for interior design and art but I never thought of extending my creative energy towards jewelry making. With the loving nudge of my husband I found a new creative avenue that I've grown to love.
What was the biggest challenge you faced as a small business owner?
The biggest challenge being a small business owner has to be keeping up with social media because at some point it feels like a chore. The pressure of posting content and keeping your audience engaged can sometimes lead to me posting anything just to have something posted and to remain active and present. This leads to creating less meaningful and impactful content. I'm learning now to take my time and not to put so much pressure on myself and stop comparing myself with others who may post every single day. Comparison is the thief of joy after all.
What do you love about being a small business owner?
I love being able to envision an idea and actually bring it to life. We pride ourselves in our ability to say that we hand make all of our items and can customize them to your neck/wrist/waist/ankle/body size, because not everything is one size fits all.
What’s on the horizon for your company?
This year we hope to expand our product range to include apparel and possibly some wellness products, stay tuned!
What else would you like our subscribers to know about you and your business?
Since 2020 we've used 10% of our profits towards creating care packages for the homeless. We pack small bookbags with the essentials such as; body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hand sanitizer, wash cloths, feminine products, socks, snacks etc. We keep a few bags in our car every week and when we come across someone in need we simply reach into the backseat and pass them out.
What is your definition of self care?
I believe that self care refers to the acts we take in order to encourage your own physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. It's not a luxury, it's a necessity. I like to refer to it as putting myself on the charger, I have to get back to 100% so I can give 100%.
What do you do for self care?
When I don't take care of myself I become less able to unwind and slow down which makes me feel anxious and overwhelmed by even the smallest task. You have to take a step back and do something fun or relaxing to free your mind and take a break. My favorite thing to do is to get a couples massage with my husband, it allows us both to reset and relax.
How can people get to know more about what you’re doing and where can they find you?
You can follow us on instagram @r_lineaccessories and subscribe to our website at www.rlineaccessories.com for updates!
Thanks for sharing about another amazing small business. I love hearing about creative and dedicated women and I celebrate the courage that it takes to step out of the safety net of the regular work world, and embrace an economic adventure, that can bring joy and fulfillment. I wish you, Wendy and RLine much success and joy as you keep working at what you have been given the talent and motivation to do. You make us other women entrepreneurs celebrate with your accomplishments. Keep up your fine work!