By December 2010 ill health and burnout struck, I had simply been working too hard. In the effort to understand the life changing news I also took a long hard look at my business. The reality was that although I loved my business and it was turning over staggering figures, I was over worked and under paid… I had missed what many creative start-ups had; the point of business strategy and basic profitability.
I sat down and I started to put into place the very foundations of what I teach today.
By the end of 2011 Sara’s Texture Crafts had been redeveloped, rebranded and relaunched. I made major changes, moving far away from buying in wool product to producing my own unique line of yarns and fibres. Putting myself at the centre of my business I was able to create the artisan dream I had been searching for and get paid my worth and working the hours that suited my health.
From this point on my business grew in the most amazing way and I was able to tackle other dreams like writing books, designing patterns, teaching at guilds and growing a community of fibre enthusiasts.
By 2016 I realised that my health had taken a battering again and this time I had become allergic to wool! I needed to find a new way to be self-employed. I tried a few different things, but what really stayed with me was the passion I was able to foster in others to pursue their creative dreams… to start their own businesses and so it seemed an obvious next step.
By May 2017 I had sold Sara’s Texture Crafts, retaining the name and launched my first course on My Indie Life Blog.