From being a mother stuck in a job to a bag entrepreneur
Short Biography : Radka Sillerova
Radka Sillerova started her Handsfree Bag career in July 2015, because she couldn’t find any beautiful and practical handbag on the market. She studied entrepreneurship for 2 years by Darren Weeks (Robert Kiyosaki’s advisor) and Real Estate Investment at “Immobilien Investment Academy” by Jörg Winterlich in Germany, and started investing in properties. Radka was the founder of two wellness studios in Prague in 1991, opened directly after the “velvet revolution” in Czechoslovakia and led 16 employees for 10 years. She is an enthusiastic world traveler, who inspires other entrepreneurs how life becomes easier when you use comfortable Handsfree Bags. She finished three marathons in Berlin, Prague, and Paris (2017) and she attends other races every year.
Personal Info & Preferences:
Name & Surname: Radka Sillerova
Country: Czech woman in Germany
Title: Bag Creator- International Speaker- Marathon Runner
Website: https://handsfreebag.com/en/, www.meetradkasillerova.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DefinitelyYoursFashion/
Give us a brief background of what you do?
I am a bag designer who travels and inspires entrepreneurs from all over the world about business and entrepreneurship. I demonstrate to people how life can become easier and better when using a HandsFree Bags.
What are the key factors that got you to where you are today?
It is my faith and strong belief in myself and my persistence in what I am doing that brought me to where I am today. My vision with my Handsfree bag business is to make as many women and men in the whole world happy with my easy wearing and comfortable bags. These handsfree customizable leather bags ensure you will have the perfect place for everything.
What motivated you to launch a business?
The motivation was that I couldn’t find any bag on the market that was colourful, practical and beautiful that I could wear without holding on to the bag and using my hands for other things at the same time, i.e. biking and shopping in the city. With Handsfree bags you can now have it all! Also, when you are getting to a cross-road in life, you have to make decisions, and sometimes not everything is about business but also personal things in life you have to deal with. The end of my relationship with my boyfriend at that time motivated me to start my own company. It is like finishing an old chapter in life and starting something new with a fresh perspective and clarity in mind. So, when I started my Handsfree Bags business, I was almost 50 years old.
What have been some of your greatest successes?
The greatest achievement in my „hands-free bag“ business was to get my bags in a catalog in the USA, in boutiques in Canada, Austria, Netherland, Japan and in the Czech Republic. Another amazing success for me was my unforgettable interview with Charlie Sheen, American actor, in Los Angeles last year.
What has been the hardest part of being an entrepreneur?
The hardest part of being an entrepreneur for me was the area of dealing with my finances, because I started my company at a time when I lost everything.
Without any savings or support of a boyfriend or family when something is going wrong is tough, so I learned to be strong. I have started very small, I bought 1-2 pieces of leather, found somebody to make bags from that, sold the bags, and invested all money back, bought more leather, sold more bags, and from there it took off. You have to take one step at a time and believe in yourself and what you are doing.
What advice can you give entrepreneurs that are wanting to start their own business?
Start now, start what you like to do even if you don’t have a degree from a university or in business. It is not your degree that counts but your willingness to learn and for that you do not need a degree or certificate.
Be persistent, learn by doing, learn to invest your money, so you can have some savings when some bad changes come into your life. And lastly, surround yourself with like-minded people who support and cheer for you.
How do you overcome rejection?
Rejection is a part of my life, -it is no drama! I always continue to travel and to offer my bags everywhere I can, and a rejection is for me a motivation to do more and to do better.
How important for you as a mother is work/life balance?
Life/work balance is important for me, even though my bags and my trips are life and work all in one. I live only to make my vision true and to enjoy free time with my kids, family and my hobbies.