Bear Bell: powered by passion and PayPal.Me

Aug 05 2019 | Paypal Editorial Team

“Drawing is my superpower,” says Bärbel Dressler as she talks about her inspiration to start a business. “I’ve been drawing since I was a child.”
However, she says, “It took about 20 years for me to realise that I wanted to be on the creative side of business.”

A weekend course in pattern design provided the spur to found Bear Bell Productions. “I immediately knew that this is what I wanted to do”, she explains. “That I could use my superpower and work with something I really love.” So, she left her marketing job and started her own design business. “I’ll never forget the first day,” she says. “I just felt really, really free.” Inspired by the past and by the coasts and waters of her Swedish home, Bärbel creates pattern designs for business clients: everything from fabrics and soft furnishings to stationery and shoe-soles.

She also produces and teaches online courses in pattern design and illustration. “I started using PayPal when I posted my first courses,” she explains. “And, when I started to find international clients, PayPal was the perfect solution for me to get paid.”

PayPal is available in 200 countries and territories around the world, making it easy for Bear Bell’s customers to pay, wherever they are. And, because it’s known internationally, PayPal also helps boosts confidence in customers who may otherwise be wary of an unknown brand. "I think that having PayPal as a payment option has definitely made my customers click that Buy button,” Bärbel confirms. She uses to request payment from customers. “It's really easy and smooth. I just create this link and send to my clients. It has made things a lot easier for me and my clients.” “About 90% of all my online revenues go through PayPal, today,” she says.

And, does Bärbel have any regrets about starting her own business? “I could continue doing this for the rest of my life,” she says. “My business is constantly growing. I’ve doubled my profits every year since I started.”

Bärbel talks about her passion in this video. You can also see some of the surroundings that inspire her beautiful designs:

Feeling inspired to start your own business? You may find this article useful: 5 signs you could be ready start your own business
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