Elena Coln is a 23-year-old woman with autism from Cape Cod who has a natural talent for crafting. During the pandemic, she added a bit of business acumen and opened her own online business on Etsy, selling bead and crochet items.
Elena initially started out with lanyards, but a therapist suggestion to make mask holders really helped her business. Elena was already making pearl bracelets and necklaces. The suggestion was to make them a little longer and call them mask holders. More recently, mask holders have been in demand because they help people stay safe during the pandemic and allow them to handle masks without touching them.
Elena manages her Etsy page, Elena C’s Creations, herself and runs the business 100% independently. She takes all of the photos of her products, uploads them to her Etsy shop, wraps all of her deliveries with personalized handwritten notes, and brings them to the post office to ship. She also sells her items in some local businesses in the Cape Cod area.
Elena encourages other people with disabilities to start their own business because it’s fun and certainly a good source of income.
Here is a video that discusses Elena and her business in more detail.
Source: Boston 25 News