Hi, I’m Zobia Alvi.
I’ve built a few businesses and started blogging online circa 2012.
I built a fragrance eCommerce shop from the ground up when I was 16 years old and eventually broke-even, but I learned a lot. It was a lot of work in merchandising, retail, wholesale, shipping oversees, understanding margins and authenticating fragrances, and doing all the admin work that came with it. It was definitely a one woman show.
I then ventured into web development and design since it had been a hobby of mine previously and transitioned into client – service work offering web development and design services as well as branding and business strategy sessions.
That business is growing and has recently been turned into The Z Collective and since then my services and clients have expanded too.
Currently, I’m building a new business venture where I’ll be selling my own brand of lipsticks and cosmetics and putting a spotlight on helping women in third-world countries build businesses of their own by providing micro-financing options where the funds come from the proceeds of my lipstick sales. I’m calling it kickass; lipsticks for women who kick ass.
I’m building a guild for bunny/pet lovers too while selling some cute merch modeled after my own pet bunny, Fluffy. Just a cute thing I decided to do for fun. You can visit that project here: Fluffy the Bunny.
I also am a podcast host – running my own podcast on iTunes called Business By Design and I’m seeking to collaborate on another podcast in the works with my partner in crime (more details on that later).
Beyond that, I like to write and I might just be in the works of writing a book (more details on that later too), but you can find some of my stuff on business, life, relationships, and marketing on my blog or on my Medium publication.
Oh and I love to speak at events. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in having me speak about web design or starting an online business in general.