Name: Sarah Stollak
Your business name: World On A String
Your business website:www.worldonastring.us
Description of business: Crochet jewelry in pearls, gemstones, glass, and other beautiful materials from around the world. Violinist, fiddler, guitarist, singer, songwriter.
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Question: Tell the evolution from concept to reality for your business (how was it born into the world?):
Sarah: My mom taught me how to knit in 1993 and I’ve been creating ever since. When I moved to Austin in 2004, I started an artisan booth at local markets, street fairs, and special events. Vending was supposed to be temporary while I found a real job, but almost a decade later here I am, still a full time creative entrepreneur.
Question: Who are your entrepreneurial inspirations / roll models?:
Sarah:I am continually inspired by people around me who push the boundaries of their own creativity – artists, activists, and entrepreneurs working towards a better future for humanity and animals. Elon Musk. Jane Goodall.
Question: Words of wisdom for others looking to start their own thing?
Sarah: There are many different learning styles. I learn by doing. It takes time to find what works for you. Listen to the music in your heart and find your own beat.
Question: Why did you decide to start accepting Bitcoin?:
Sarah: My interest in Bitcoin was theoretical until you and John gave me the option of accepting Bitcoin for your custom crochet wedding jewelry. I received my payment in Oct. 2013, right as the boom was happening, so of course I was hooked.
Question: Did you have to overcome any obstacles to start accepting Bitcoin?:
Sarah: There are still obstacles transacting in Bitcoin, but that’s part of what makes it fun, to be in the midst of something changing and growing so quickly. I started on coinbase.com, connected to a bank account, and started transacting via email address. While the anonymity of Bitcoin is important, so is ease. I got the Blockchain app on my iPhone, but then Apple blocked all Bitcoin services. I was the first Bitcoin customer at the Unconventional Oven pizza trailer, but I used the wrong email address to pay and after a month the funds were sent back to me. It took some failures and several tries to figure out how to use a QR code instead of transacting using an email address. Austin Bitcoin Meetup helped. In addition to technology, patience and a friendly community are always important.
Question: Has Bitcoin benefited your business in any way? (If so please describe):
Sarah: Bitcoin has provided my business more opportunities to reach an audience who appreciates me. Accepting Bitcoin also means getting to pay others in Bitcoin and participating in the economy. After profiting from my first Bitcoin transaction, I reinvested in my local community by taking out a radio ad on The Liberty Beat on 90.1 FM, and by hiring some of my favorite local musicians for a Bitcoin Shopping and Social Event.
Question: Would you recommend Bitcoin to other small business owners?
Sarah: Many business owners take a variety of payments already, so I encourage others to consider accepting Bitcoin. Bartering is also great. I dislike a trend I’ve seen of small business owners refusing to take cash and only accepting credit cards. Sure, using less FRNs is ideal, but I do think a business basic is to make it easy for people to give you money.
Question: Why is Bitcoin so important, anyway?
Sarah: As a global digital currency/property, the potential of Bitcoin to radically shift the exchange of value away from banks is interesting, regardless of the dollar value at any moment.
Question: Describe a day in your life.
Sarah: I’m living the the dream making art and making music! I enjoy working, playing, kayaking, swimming, eating, and going for nature walks in the warm Texas weather.
Question: Any last thoughts?
Sarah: Oh! There is one more thing I thought would be cool to mention, how BTC and beads are both forms of money.
African trade beads, Italian glass, shells, and pearls, have been prized in civilizations throughout history.
Beads can be considered one of the first currencies in the United States, when Native Americans traded Wampum beads with colonials.