Please state your name, your position, and a bit of your Business.
My name is Taneesha Daiken aka KAT it’s my name backward. I am the owner of KAT Daiken Designs and I make paint pouring art, bracelets, and Perler bead magnets in my spare time. I previously worked in multiple schools with children with behavioral needs, developmental delays and all walks of life and I use my skills/idea and different resources to be able to come up with crafts for them to do. From that job experience, I am able to offer my services as a craft coordinator for children’s parties and groups of all ages. If you’re looking to do crafts to help with fine motor skills or something new to try with the ladies I can work with you to find crafts suited to your needs. I bring supplies and set up and clean up. Cost is based on supplies and a $50 fee for my time.
How did the business start?
I wanted to do something I love and be able to create my own hours as I have 2 young girls at home.
What are the challenges you met and how did you manage to cope up with these challenges and reach your current status?
I do all my art in my spare time and having 2 children under 2 can make that quite challenging, but it is something I am truly passionate about and I want to be a good role model for my girls to show them, go after what you want in life no matter how many no’s you may get, that next one may be a yes, but you will never know if you don’t keep trying.
Who influenced you in this industry and how did he/she influence you?
I had amazing role models, my grandparents. They raised me from a young age and taught me the values of making something yourself. My mom (grandma) was very creative and made a lot of her own home decor, clothes, toys for me, she was amazingly talented and my Dad (grandpa) has always been very into the outdoors and taught me that at a young age, he also is very creative and works with his hands and teaches himself if he wants to learn something new. My Dad taught me not to be scared to get dirty and do hard work, work with your hands and if you’re passionate enough about it find a way to do it! I only have my high school education for art but I have learned over time and have taught myself different interests I have in my own time or from trial and error.
How did you manage to market your business and compete with other agencies in your niche?
I previously worked in marketing and I used the skills I had learned from there and working in retail to start a facebook page and market myself through social media, I printed business cards and left them in stores all throughout my town, started an IG page, posted on facebook marketplace weekly selling my art and booking parties with neighbors and family. I was invited to a Christmas event as a vendor and able to make more connections
What Best Practice/s can you share to our startup readers?
Have me time. As much as your trying to do all this make time for yourself, it helps keeps your sanity!
Always clean /organize your art area and tools after using them, it makes for a much easier beginning the next time haha
Have fun with it! It’s not meant to be easy but follow your passions and go for it, don’t be afraid of failure
List your Social Media and Web URLs
My Facebook page is
MY Instagram is