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Jiji Ghali

Artist, Free Colors

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Lianna Harrington

Who is Jiji Ghali, could you please introduce yourself?

Hi, I’m Jiji Ghali, mother of two amazing youth and I live in Oakville Ontario.  I started my professional life in the banking industry and been there for 18 years.  After this long journey I decided to stop and follow my heart to do what I have been always dreaming: “Art”.

What is your business and when did you start?

My business is Free Colors which I started in 2019.  Through Free Colors I design different pieces of home decor with various styles that can be added to home or used as a gift. Since every piece is handmade, every piece is unique.

What inspired you to start your business?

I have been always attracted to art and especially handmade pieces.  I get inspired by everything around me;  nature, birds, sky…

What were the challenges in the initial stages of your business and how did you overcome them?

Building a network and learning to use social media for my business were my biggest challenges at the start. I’m still learning something new everyday.  I believe that staying focused and consistent will pay at the end.

What motivates you about your business?

Encouragement from my husband, friends and clients gives me happiness and motivation to continue my passion.

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?

It’s never too late to start something new, especially if you love what you do.  Take small and consistent steps and stay focused.

Interesting fact most of the people do not know about you?

I can read thoughts through body language.

The best business advice I ever received was…

 The key to achieving anything is to start, take one step at a time and keep going.

My definition of success is…

a few simple disciplines, practiced everyday.

If I could go back in time when I started my business, I would tell myself to…

It’s ok to make mistakes. Don’t over stress yourself  to be a perfectionist from day one.

Three books I recommend for entrepreneurs are…

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The 5AM club by Robin Sharma

Manifest Now by Idil Ahmed

My personal tagline is…

The fear of failure makes a dream impossible to achieve.

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