As a web developer,
Heaven in a Jar stall

They say It all starts with a problem. Like most seasoned entrepreneurs, it is the problems they face in their lives that propel them to do amazing things. Nicoline is no exception. For her, it was the sickness of her father that gave birth to Heaven In a Jar.

“The business started in 2014 when my father got very sick and I needed extra income to assist him with medical costs. A friend of mine suggested that I do ready to mix cake mix in a glass jar. I worked with that idea until it became Desserts in jars with our own original recipes, which took months to prepare. But was worth all the effort and time spent. Nicoline explains.

I met Nicoline on social media, Facebook to be precise. She reached out to me from Secunda, Mpumalanga. She wanted me to customize their business website The negotiations took a couple of weeks because there were lots of things involved. Long story short. I customized their website and integrated it with a company that does their deliveries. It was an interesting project. You can check it out in my Portfolio

Like most of my clients, I have never met Nicoline in person. We met online and we do business online. That is the beauty of the internet. It breaks all borders and barriers giving you the opportunity to hire the best talents in the country or in the world, to help you build your business. And also giving me the web developer an opportunity to solve unique problems that arise in different places and businesses of any size.

Nicoline is happy and excited because her business is doing very well. “We’re actually doing really well 😁 Better than I expected,” She said with an emoji. As a web developer and digital marketer, I am always concerned with how my clients’ business is performing

Nicoline Smit, Founder of Heaven in a Jar

I asked her what was her secret to success and she said, “With God everything is possible. You need to believe, plan and work hard to achieve your goals”.

I know that For Nicoline part of her success is having a strong team. I remember when I was working on their website, she was on vacation and most of the things were delegated to her manager Martie who was very impressive in assisting me with the answers I needed. A great team will always build a great business.

Asked, what would you advise someone who is starting out? Nicoline Answered, “Be original, have your own style and let your creativity flow. Starting a business isn’t easy. You’re going to have some rough patches, you need to push through that and work hard”.

Question and answer session between Nicoline and Prince

Prince: What excites you in your business?

Nicoline: What excites me the most is people’s reactions when they see and try our desserts. It doesn’t just look good it tastes great.

Prince: Why do you think your customers like your products?

Nicoline: Because it’s original, it’s different, it’s awesome and works great for any occasion.

Prince: Who have been supportive to you?

Nicoline: My family and friends have been very supportive. It’s great when you have family and friends that believe in you and someone there to push you when you need it the most.

Prince: What is your favorite song?

Nicoline: All of me by John Legend

Prince: Do you have any quote to share?

Nicoline: Integrity is everything. No matter how successful or unsuccessful you are. Always treat other people with respect. You never know the battles they are fighting.

She believes that you must do what makes you happy. If you do something that you love it will never be too much effort.

Heaven in a Jar makes beautiful decadent desserts in beautifully decorated jars. From weddings to everyday occasions like Sunday Lunch. They do it all. They also do deliveries nationwide. You can have their taste by making a few clicks on their website or by paying them a visit if you are in Mpumalanga.

A review on Heaven in a Jar website

According to reviews on their website, it looks like Heaven in a Jar is a much loved brand.


Well done Nicoline and your team keep up the good work. Its people like you who make life interesting. Your success story is an inspiration to most people.

If you need help with setting up your business online, digital marketing, web designing or consultation, get in touch. I am ready and willing to help.

What do you think about Heaven in a Jar? Are you inspired with Nicoline’s story? Share you thoughts in the comments box below.


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