Camilla Barcan, CEO and founder of Camilla Limón, a handcrafted custom jewelry business, is an inspiration to aspiring young business owners.  At the young age of eight, Camilla started thinking about starting her own business.  Soon after, she began making jewelry for her school friends.  Having grown up in a household with a mother that encouraged creativity, Camilla found inspiration all around her.

“My mom always wanted me to have fun making art so she bought me every sort of craft imaginable. I had a room in my house with all sorts of beads, fabrics, ribbons, and tools that helped me create anything and everything I wanted to,” said Camilla.

What first started as a hobby soon turned into a successful business.  In high school, Camilla realized that her business was something that she wanted to take more seriously, so she started focusing on turning it into something that had the potential to be extremely prosperous in the future.

Her mother also owned her own business making children’s clothes.  Because of this Camilla thought it was something that everyone did, and she soon followed in her mother’s footsteps.

Now, at 18-years-old Camilla has a flourishing Etsy page, and has grown her business into something unique and successful.   She creates everything by hand, and sells a realm of creative items including heeled-Barbie earrings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants, masks, and rings.  The beautifully handcrafted items are perfect for bridal showers, christenings, graduations, quinceaneras, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, sororities and everything in between.

Camilla Limón caters to people of all ages and from every walk of life, but has recently been catering more to college students. “I need to be different from many businesses because I want to keep the integrity of making my prices affordable for college students, using high quality materials,” said Camilla.  She believes that it is important to find one niche in which you truly succeed and focus on perfecting it.

Au’loni Magazine asked Camilla where she sees her business going in the future.  “Ideally, I would have enough sales to expand and not make all the pieces by myself. My current project is creating sorority and college jewelry for schools around my college, Drexel University. This is something that I have found a niche in: creating custom pieces for students on campus. Later, I would love to sell in boutiques in Philadelphia and hopefully sell around the country and then the world.”

Her energy and optimistic outlook throughout the entire process has kept Camilla grounded.  “The best advice I could give anyone who is trying to start a business on their own, is to seek support from others. You want to have people who can give you their honest opinion on your projects before you invest in yourself. But at the same time, you want to make sure that you invest in yourself. Believe full-heartedly that your product will work, then you will do anything in your power to get your name out there and become successful.”

Starting your own business from a young age may not always be a smooth ride, but she is proof that it will definitely be worth it.

Visit Camilla Limón at www.etsy.com/shop/CamillaLimon