When I first had the idea for the Asian Brushpainter two years ago, I was confronted with skepticism from all around me. How could a young Chinese girl that only graduated from university three years ago launch her own online store selling Asian brush painting supplies to clients all over the world? How does it work to design and program a website? How to integrate a payment system? How to make sure people find my side on the internet? Do Westerners like Chinese painting? Are there people interested in my products at all? Sometimes my doubts really scared me.
But luckily I always had people around me who believed in me and in this project right from the start. Mainly my mom May who has always been a great source of inspiration and emotional strength for me and of course my friends who did not only support me setting up the shop but who still help me running it now.
I would lie if I said that I was not super proud of what we have achieved. What we were lacking in experience and know how we made up for with creativity and hard work. It was touching and motivating how many clients from our first online store were providing us with valuable advice on how to constantly improve and I thank them wholeheartedly for their patience and support – without all these people believing in us and supporting us over the last two years, this project would never have come true. more »