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Aleksandra 'Ola' Kargul

Aleksandra Kargul Art
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

An entrepreneur and printmaker with passion for social enterprises and small businesses.

60-Second Interview

Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
I didn't really have one but I read a lot about successful and creative people like Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Steve Jobs etc.
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
Working with other entrepreneurs! You can learn a lot from others and their experience.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
I was 12 and I sold my very first handmade angel to my Mum's friend.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
Trying not to do everything at the same time. I really need to have a plan of what needs to be done first otherwise I end up with ten tasks finished half way.
Focus is very important when running your own business.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
My fiance and co-worker Radek and my best friend Piotr Radzioch who understands my creative dilemmas.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
My cats' meowing for food and the fact that I love what I do.
How do you define success?
Being proud of my achievements and knowing that my work has made a difference to someone's life.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
I would love to build a community of artists, makers, crafters and creative people who can always come in to see us, have a cup of coffee and talk about their business, worries, dreams and ideas. I want to help them to reach their full creative potential and run successful businesses on their own.

I also wouldn't mind having a slightly bigger office as at the moment we have the smallest room in the building.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Find out what you are good at and develop it as much as you can!
If you could have any one person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
Sir Richard Branson. I think he is a great entrepreneur.