Nelia Kennedy , Kunz

Nelia Kennedy is the founder of Kunz and co-founder of Die Oorwurms.

Kunz takes your baby’s artwork and creates it into a piece of art for your home. They will enhance, enlarge and frame your child’s artwork with special customisation to suit YOUR home. Kunz is an alternative to having your baby’s artwork on the fridge or thrown into a box so often lost. Kunz makes a fantastic gift for dad, mom, grandma, grandpa or even a new sibling arrival. It’s personal and special.

Nelia Kennedy , KunzDie Oorwurms is an all-inclusive Afrikaans story series with accompanying activities for your kids to enjoy. The modern “Storiemuis” – Die Oorwurms, aims to inspire, teach and allow kids to listen (and not watch) and to use their imagination.

Here, Nelia shares her entrepreneurial journey as a wife, mom and now – a boss!​

1. Please can you tell us a little more about yourself, your career and what you are doing right now? 

I am Nelia, 37 years old, wife and a mom of two (Maria- human and Lulu – dog) My career life started out as a Fashion Designer and after 2 years of working in the fashion industry I decided to expand my skills by doing a graphic design course. For the last 4 years I worked as a graphic and conceptual designer in the events industry, but as of March 2020 all that came to an end. The company closed with immediate effect and lockdown level 5 kicked in. I realised that it was the perfect time for me to pursue all of my ideas I’ve had brewing inside my head for so long, but never had the time to do it. That is when I started Kunz and Die Oorwurms.

2. What has been your biggest challenge during lockdown and to follow up on that, your biggest lesson? 

My biggest challenge was to go from a solid and good income to a zero in my bank account overnight. I felt so incredibly useless and demotivated at the beginning. But after 4months I’ve learned that the universe had a different plan for me and the only person responsible for my success and happiness is myself. It taught me to have more confidence in my own skills and to push myself to explore more and take more risks.

3. As an entrepreneur and business owner, what has been the one piece of advice you have ever received which you’d like to pass on to the person reading this right now? 

I am pretty new at this game but one thing I have learned from my husband who’s been an entrepreneur since age 19 was that good relationships with clients, suppliers and fellow colleagues are one of the most important things to nurture. Don’t let egos get in the way.

4. What has – without a doubt – been your proudest moment? 

To start my businesses in such a confusing and scary time we are in. I think that is pretty cool.

5. What is the one thing you know now, which you would tell your 16 year old self, and why? 

When I was 16 I thought that you leave school, study one thing and then you do that job for your whole life. I would tell myself that always try and better yourself, evolve and try different things. And to remember that life doesn’t always go as planned and that is okay.

6. Where can people get hold of you?

Facebook and Instagram: @kunz_za

Die Oorwurms
Facebook and Instagram: @dieoorwurms

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