We had the good fortune of connecting with Schmeldrine St Fleury and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Schmeldrine, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
To be honest, I was extremely scared to take that leap. It was never in my thoughts to start a business nor own one.I started off by just crafting for friends and family events. Over the period of time, they would make remarks on how I’m wasting my talent and that I’m giving awesome quality work for free. After a lot of push and encouragement, I took that leap and started Cre8tiveVisionz. And from that moment, my passion and drive kept me and allowed me to continue with Cre8tiveVisionz during the days I had no clue on what I was doing. I educated my self on any and everything business related and seek advice from my Entrepreneur friends and my confidence grew. And now I’m like, Yes I own a business.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Cre8tiveVisionz located in Fort Lauderdale FL. We offer Personalized Cards, 3D Custom Cards, Explosion Boxes and Explosion Towers for any occasion. Everything is made to order and crafted to each client desire. My craft cre8tions is my way of sprinkling joy and happiness in someone’s life during that special moment in their life.
What sets us apart from others is that there is no two cards the same. I love the excitement and positive feedbacks I receive from the person that orders the card as well as the person receiving the card. I love it!!! Especially when they place an order and say “surprise me”. I enjoy the reactions I receive when they see their final custom.
Cre8tiveVisionz is where it’s at now because of a lot of referrals. Someone would post their cards and tag our business page or even send them directly to our page. We’ve gotten a couple of business due to us making a custom for someone they know or seen it on their friends page etc. It was a very slow start at first but I’ve seen some growth in business once I crafted a camera card and a couple of birthday explosion boxes.
There was a couple of hiccups along the way, nothing I consider major. Being fresh in the business world and just ready to deliver, I use to take orders before payment. I’d tell myself they’ll just pay when they pick up their order. After a couple of printed pictures, crafted cards and no show ups I learn to ask for full payment before I craft and to remind them that there is a no refund policy.
I have always been passionate about creativity and with Cre8tiveVisionz, I am always thinking on how I can make someone card extra special and different than my other customs. I want my brand to speak for it self. I believe “Creativity has NO Limit” and that’s what I will continue to show the world with my custom creations.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The first couple of days we would definitely enjoy Fort Lauderdale. It’s a must to have breakfast at First Watch and then take them on a little shopping spree at Galleria Mall or Aventura Mall. One of those day we have to hit the beach to relax and a night out at Hard Rock before we take a mini road trip to Orlando where some real fun begin. I am up there every 3 months so we can definitely hit the Fun Spot and one of the theme parks because Roller coasters is a must while you’re in my presence.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost God. He’s given me a talent and a creative mind that leaves me in awe every time. And then my husband Gympson. He pushed and encouraged me countless times start Cre8tiveVisionz. He is my biggest cheerleader and #1 Fan.