Age: 25 Occupation: Founder of Art Square, a mosaic arts and crafts shop YP: What inspired you to set up a shop selling and teaching mosaic art at Amoy Plaza? Li: Mosaic art is not very common in Hong Kong, and I wanted to be among the first to introduce it to the community. It's about decoration, using small, colourful tiles to create a pattern or picture. YP: Are Hong Kong people interested in mosaic art? Li: At first I tried to run long-term courses teaching mosaic art, such as summer courses targeted at residents in the district. But no one applied. To attract customers, I ran a one-hour introductory class, teaching people to work on something simple, such as creating a small photo frame or box. The trial class was very successful, and I realised that people preferred one-off classes rather than lengthy courses. They can learn about the art and create a mosaic product as a gift in one class. YP: Is your business profitable? Li: It depends. I might have no customers one day and be fully booked the next. Business is good particularly around Christmas, Valentine's Day and summer. I think my decision to split a long-term course into one-off classes has been successful. Hong Kong people are very busy and it's hard for them to fit a lengthy course into their schedule. My monthly profit ranges from HK$4,000 to HK$5,000. My mother also helps me out at the shop. YP: That's not a lot of money, is it? Li: No, but I'm happy to see customers leave with an art product that they made. When I worked as a designer, I was constantly harassed by my clients. My customers are much nicer now. I'm still young and I want to have something that I can claim as my own. It's hard to run a business, but I'm working for myself, not someone else. It's like witnessing your child grow. Meanwhile, I have also learned a lot. YP: What have you learned? Li: I've learned a lot of things, such as looking for a supplier and buying raw materials. To set up a business, you first need an idea. Then you start realising it step by step. But it wouldn't be possible without the support of your family. I wouldn't have been able to open the shop without my mum's support.