Today's feature is all about starting your dream business.
I believe that you should always love what you do for a living and this is in part why being self employed is really my own personal heaven. It can be yours too, you just have to make a start!
Let Me Introduce To You Caroline From Gorgeous Yarns, Who Shows Us That It Is Never Too Late To Start Your Craft Business.
What Inspired you to start Gorgeous Yarns and how did you make it happen?
I have always been a knitter and dreamed of having my own wool shop one day. After a long period of ill health I realised I needed to make some changes, and the idea of Gorgeous Yarns began. It was not financially practical to have a bricks and mortar shop, so I set up Gorgeous Yarns with the help and support of my husband, aka Mr Gorgeous! I was still working part time for the NHS, and when the chance came to take early retirement last year, I took it. I'm now full time with Gorgeous yarns and loving every minute!
Whats the biggest lesson I have learned in running my business so far?
I think the 2 lessons are to ask for help and take advice, don't try to do it all yourself, being a sole trader doesn't mean you are alone. The second lesson was that its a marathon, it takes time and stamina to grow your business, so have realistic expectations that you can achieve rather than be disappointed when it doesn't all go right straight away.
What has been your biggest shining moment so far?
I won Best Product in Show last year at Forde Abbey for my naturally dyed yarns. It was a real surprise and I was thrilled. I even won a cup!
What would be the number 1 tip for someone setting up their own business?
I think it would be do something you love! You will be spending a LOT of time doing it, so if you aren't loving it it you won't enjoy it and perhaps not succeed. You will also need to do a lot of background and support things to build your business, its not just about creating and selling to make sure you allow time for this and commit to it.
What is your next business goal?
I am going to be at Kirstie's handmade fair at Ragley Hall this may and I want my stand to be the best it possibly can be, and to launch my naturally dyed yarns properly. I want to strive to be better and better at what I do. ( I also need to be more organised!)