Season 3, Episode 3: “Makers on Main Street” with Jamyla Bennu [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 3 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this third episode of my Makers on Main Street series, I introduce you to Jamyla Bennu of Oyin Handmade in Baltimore, Maryland. You'll be so inspired by how Jamyla has grown her business from a tiny kitchen operation to a retail store with production space built in, a fully operating salon (where Oyin Handmade products are used exclusively), and a local popup event that draws artists, Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs from all over.


Jamila has been a member of the Indie Business Network since 2000.

Not only will you get some great business inspiration from Jamyla. You'll also learn how she and her husband manage a thriving household that includes two very active young children. I know many of you know how that is … I sure do. There is so much more packed into this episode of the Indie business Podcast. You are going to love it! Enjoy my Interview with Jamyla NOW!

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Season 3, Episode 3: Show Notes

Here are few episode 3 highlights.

  1. Jamyla's journey from hobby, to kitchen table startup, to scaling up to where she is today. (starting at 1:49)
  2. Opening the retail store and the benefits of not being home-based. (starting at 4:29)
  3. Being a solopreneur does not mean going it alone. (starting at 8:24)
  4. Using email newsletters (and some social media), flyers and a launch party to spread the word about the retail store as a destination location. (starting at 9:13)
  5. Awesome “late night” video podcast promotion. (starting at 11:45)
  6. Every step we've taken has been when either there was no path or we were actively avoiding the path. (starting at 13:40)

  7. How Jamyla's popup works in conjunction with Jamyla's artist husband, Pierre Bennu. (starting at 14:24)
  8. How the retail operation works with the salon, hair stylists and service providers who use their spa space … including massage therapists and a henna artist (who is also another IBN member … W00T!). (starting at 19:06)
  9. Jamyla created the type of business model that works for her and not the type of business model everyone said would work. (starting at 23:17)

Connect with Jamyla at Oyin Handmade

Check out Jamyla at the Oyin Handmade website, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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About Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Donna Maria is an author, podcaster, attorney, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, providing affordable product liability insurance and mentoring. Donna Maria teaches Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs how to use technology and community to build a profitable, sustainable business.