Today we’d like to introduce you to Ayotide Bello.
Hi Ayotide, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Hi! My name is Ayotide “Tide” Bello, and I am the owner and creative behind Ayo Arrangements & Co. (AA&Co.) AA&Co. simply started as Ayo Arrangements, coined after the meaning of my full name — “my joy is here”.
Funny enough, I’ve always known I wanted to own a business. After realizing that I didn’t need a business degree to become an entrepreneur, my creativity sparked as I started Ayo Arrangements during my freshman year out of my dorm room. Simply as just a quick way to earn some more money as a college student, it has blossomed into something bigger than just gift baskets and myself.
I’ve grown to learn that my passion in life is to help people, and through creating, I’ve found that putting smiles on people’s faces fulfills my passion for my work and my why. My future aspirations are to become an event/wedding planner as my full-time career alongside AA&Co., and the joy of celebrating life’s special occasions is what my brand truly represents.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Learning to be my own cheerleader and stay true to what I love has been the biggest challenge faced in this business. There have been plenty of times where sales and orders would be booming for weeks on end, and months would go by without a single request. I found myself contemplating how to continue to sell my products long-term more than seasonally.
Despite all of these struggles, knowing that this brand is unique to me is what makes a rough road smoother. Sure, there may be plenty of sellers on Etsy creating custom gifts and designing new things. But one motto I live and breathe by is this: “Remember your why.” When you face obstacles and challenges, remember why you started.
Remind yourself of your passions and purpose. AA&Co.’s motto is “bringing creativity to life’s special occasions” — knowing that my creativity is unique to me, to my gift — that’s what keeps me going.
As you know, we’re big fans of Ayo Arrangements & Co. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Ayo Arrangements & Co. is a creative services company that brings creativity to life’s special occasions. I create gift baskets, custom gifts & arrangements, and provide graphic design services from event flyers to unique logos.
Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, or brand launch — AA&Co. caters to any event for every occasion!
What sets AA&Co. apart from others is the uniqueness & versatility in our portfolio. I’ve had the opportunity to help other brands and business owners redefine their creativity in their work — from creating giveaway gift baskets to logo revamps — collaborating with other local businesses has been my favorite part of it all.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
My favorite childhood memory would have to involve being immersed in the arts from a young age. Somewhere in between the 3rd and 5th grade, I had the opportunity to create a drawing for my elementary school’s first mural — my artwork got selected! It still sits on the school almost a decade and some years later.
I think it’s the power of impact that resonates with me the most from that memory, making it my favorite.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.ayoarrangements.com
- Instagram: @ayo.arrangements
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