Nurse tries hand at selling bonnets

August 15, 2019
Khandy’s Collection headwear.
Candy showcases one of her creations.
Candice Passley
Some of Passley’s pieces.

One year ago, Candice Passley received her first pay cheque as a registered nurse and it did not put a smile on her face.

She had a passion for sewing and as fate would have it, she received a sewing machine as a gift couple weeks before.

Passley was always fascinated with bonnets and after having an unfavourable experience with a vendor, she decided to go in business for herself.

“A lot of people think nurses pay ‘cute’, but it is not. I am looking towards a family one day and a nurse’s salary ain’t gonna cut it. I got a sewing machine as a gift and then I started sewing and then I actually realised this can actually be a thing, so I started sewing bonnets,” she said.

Within months, she coined the name Khandy’s Collection, with hopes of creating and selling more than satin bonnets.

Passley said that her business, which is a little more than a year old, has been doing well. She said without her customers, this would not be possible and she must show appreciation to them.

For her, it is not only about having a business. She believes in providing excellent customer service as well, as this would ensure growth in bringing in new and returning clients.

“…I decided that I needed to be on the market and I also needed to make a difference in this customer service area. I try my best to respond to my customers as quickly as possible and get the stuff done as quickly as possible so customer service is down pat,” she said.

Passley continued: “The business is going better than I expected but there is still room for growth. I see more products, more customers coming in, more returning customers. Recently, I started sewing satin pillow cases. As the business grows, I, hopefully, plan to have a little section in a store, (before expanding) to having a store of my own.”

The 27-year-old said having a second and even a third income stream is a must in a society where the economy is unable.

She said that in life, everything is a risk but not trying is not the way to go.

“It would be like stagnant water if you stay in one place. If you decide not to try, you will never get to where you want to go. You have to take risk on everything in life. Once you want to go somewhere, you have to take a risk. You might be afraid and yes, especially in business, you will have losses. But you will make back that money once you persevere,” she said.

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