Anyone with a sister would know that having one is truly special because they will be your number one fan. It’s no different for these two sisters as well — meet Zuliana Zulkiflee Abbas and Zurisha Zulkiflee Abbas, the people behind Before She Pops and Tinytype, respectively.
Before She Pops curates gift boxes for pregnant women, catering to the 3 trimesters of pregnancy. On the other hand, we have Tinytype, a business that offers the service of embellished illustrations.
Though Zuliana and Zurisha have similar tastes, both of their journeys in building a business were not the same. Tinytype first started off as a part-time business back in 2012, while Zuliana’s business only popped up around August last year.
“It was six months after the birth of my own baby girl. The reason I started Before She Pops is that after experiencing it first-hand — pregnancy is hard work! So, I just wanted to give pregnant women something to look forward to every trimester,” she revealed.
Being a new mother, Zuliana said she is still trying to figure out the ropes in balancing her business and being a mum. “I quit my corporate job to be able to spend more time with my daughter. But then I realised that I do want to be more than just a mother — I want to show my daughter that once women become mothers, it doesn’t mean that they have to choose between raising a family and having a career. They can still achieve things if they push for it and they strive and manage their time well,” she said.
Zurisha’s challenge, on the other hand, was trying to transition from a fixed income job — she questioned whether the business would be enough to sustain in the long run. “I have to always remember that there will be down times and quiet times. Which means some months maybe I’ll be extremely busy but the next month might be a little quieter.”
“Though that’s the case, I do realise that when I post photos or stories on Instagram, or try to remain relevant and having an online presence that is consistent, people will always have you in mind and that helps with bringing in more orders and reaching more people,” she added.
When asked about their respective businesses’ future, both of them said simultaneously, “We’re more of a ‘live in the moment’ kind of gals!” It seems like both of them do have plans to expand their business further but for now, they are enjoying what they’re doing.
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