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Meet Lisa…

Aug 1, 2015 | Meet

Jubilation. The perfect word to describe the way we feel about Little Majlis.

Today, our new platform is live and we couldn’t be more excited to share Little Majlis’ new home with you.

Since the launch of in 2012, there has been a steady stream of changes and updates but this new platform is a culmination of months of work and years of experience and ensures that we’re well prepared to meet the needs of our growing creative community now and moving forward.

What sort of products do you market?
Personalised prints with a contemporary and fun style, perfect for special occasions (births, weddings, anniversaries, leaving the UAE, birthdays) or just to add some personalization and colour to your wall.

2. – 5. Just a small selection of prints that can be customised at 

When and why did you decide to start your own business?
I took a break from a corporate job a few years ago and lasted about three months before I started to go stir-crazy and needed something to occupy myself.  So I retrained in graphic design and Personalised Prints was born.

What’s the best thing about setting up your own brand?  
I’m not very good at being told what to do, so I love being my own boss.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced?  
Sales were slow to begin with until people got to know me and my products, so I had to stay positive and not doubt myself.  And I had to learn LOTS about social media, which took time and effort.   And sourcing even the most simple items (eg custom cardboard boxes for shipping) in Dubai can be… erm… challenging…!

What do you love about selling online?
The ability to reach people throughout the region – I’ve just made my first sale to a customer in Abu Dhabi and hope to reach even further afield.

What top tips can you share with other shopkeepers?  
Get in touch with local bloggers who might be interested in reviewing your products – they tend to be friendly types and it’s a great way to reach new audiences.  It’s all about helping each other out – they need content and you need exposure.

6. Lisa offering some top advice to other shopkeepers. 

What sets your products apart?
Most of my products are made to order and are entirely customizable – so if you want different colours, different words or tweaks to the design, it’s usually possible.  And I love to consider commissions too, so if you don’t see what you want, I may still be able to make it.

Any exciting news to share?
I’ve just introduced a range of custom pet silhouettes – they’re brand new and make great gifts for pet lovers!

7. – 8. Treat your pet crazy friends and family with one of Lisa’s pet silhouettes… 

Tell us 5 words to describe yourself.
Happy, perfectionist, ironing-hating, hardworking, chocolate-loving.  That might count as 7 words (Little Majlis note: seven words that we totally relate to!).

What’s your favourite film?  
Anything that makes me blub – I love a good cry!

What are you reading right now?
Whatever love means’ by David Baddiel.

Do you have any regrets?  
None that I could share in a public forum!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?  
I’d be much funnier. I’m terrible at telling jokes and usually forget the punchline.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?  
Sarah Palin.  I might have to jump out.

You’re throwing a fantasy dinner party. Who do you invite, alive, dead, real or ficticious?
Idris Elba (swoon), Marilyn Monroe (surely more than just a pretty face), Professor Brian Cox (clever AND easy on the eye), Kate Middleton (to see what she’s really like and ply her with wine for the royal gossip), Robin Williams (every party needs an entertainer).

9. That’s one interesting line up of dinner guests Lisa – we’re curious to know what Kate would have to say too!

What is your golden rule?  
Do the worst tasks first – then they’re out of the way.

What was your worst holiday?  
Our honeymoon was fabulous but loads went wrong; my husband lost his wedding ring in the sea (he’d only had it for 5 days), I got violent food poisoning, I injured my eyes during a scuba dive and we managed to lock ourselves out of our villa late one night.  I thought it might be a bad omen but luckily not!

How many foreign languages do you speak?  
Three – French, Spanish and Portuguese.  They’re all a bit rusty though.

What is the oddest habit you will admit to?
I love the smell of books and like sticking my nose in for a good sniff.  I thought it was normal but I get some strange looks.

Why do you find the website appealing to shop at?
It’s so good for unusual and personal gifts, unlike most mall shops which are all the same.

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