What led you to start your own company?

It all started very innocently. I began designing and making jewelry for myself and received many compliments. That propelled me to begin creating pieces as gifts. One day it occurred to me: Why not do something with this?

Where did you get the

startup money?

Personal savings.

What was the biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge was finding capable vendors to produce the products I envisioned and designed.

What was the most important lesson you learned?

Patience.

How many hours a day do you put in?

I put in about 10 hours a day.

Does your youth lead to awkward situations, such as when you supervise older workers?

Initially it did, but as I gained experience, I came to realize business is an equalizer. I treat everyone that I work with as my equal. We all have a job to do and I let them know that I expect the best from them and they can expect the same from me in return.

Will you start another company?

I think I’m good with one for now. I’m also trying to start a career in acting. I just did a guest appearance on “Modern Family.”

Could you ever work for someone else?

Yes, but only in television or film.

What do you do to relax?

I take ballet, yoga, read and paint.

JELENA NIK, 26

Nik Stone, silver jewelry,

Los Angeles

Employees: 1

Revenue: Profitable.

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