(This post is interview-style unlike most posts on the blog. For this one, I asked Tiffany a series of questions about her business, and she answered!
Hope you enjoy, xoxo -Maddi)
Hi everyone! My name is Tiffany Turchyn, founder and designer of Unsalted Honey. I began this magical journey in 2017, after my backpacking trip across South-East Asia. I was in the midst of my undergraduate degree in business at Ryerson University, downtown Toronto.
I began remixing jewelry I already had and made new pieces for my sisters and friends. Being the youngest of three girls, I had a lot to live up too. I had big dreams for myself, I still do! While being in school, I worked at a boutique on Queen Street West, for a startup fitness app as well as at a warehouse on my days off of school.
I still remember the moment when I knew I was going to give my jewelry line a shot. I was in the south of Thailand at the time, had a Singha (Thai beer lol) cracked with my older sister and thought to myself “I’m gonna just do it”. When I got home from my trip, I did a lot of research and maxed out my Visa card!
A hobby turned side-hustle which now blossomed into my career. I am beyond proud to call Unsalted Honey my own and even happier to have created a space where everyone reading this feels welcome and celebrated. Unsalted Honey is by me, but for you. I hope you enjoy your honey as much as I did making it!
Why did I decide to start my business?
I was working for many entrepreneurs at the time and was studying at Ryerson for Business. I knew I wanted to start something of my own! I was remixing old jewelry for friends and family, when I took my trip to South-East Asia. When I got home, I went for it! My mentality was, if I failed at least I could say I tried! I loved creating fun and timeless pieces back in 2017, and I love it even more now in 2021.
What inspired you and your business?
Travel. Being immersed in culture is one of my favourite feelings. I get inspired through meeting people and seeing new places.
Doing it alone! It's super tough to grow and expand, research the market and trends, do marketing and advertising, financials, taxes, quality control, packaging orders, shipping, social media, designing jewelry and making it alone! Although it can be tough, I love it.
How do you stay motivated? How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Taking breaks and having a daily schedule/to-do list to ensure things get done!
I take the weekends off! Although I end up working most Sundays, it definitely helps balance work and play!
I'm Maddi and Im a full time student (studying Child and Youth Work), Here I have my blog and my shop, I hope you enjoy!