What’s your business called?
Can you describe it in one sentence?
Bespoke personalised embroidered items from baby gifts to work and sport wear.
When did you start it and what inspired you?
I started in November 2013 as I wanted some crafty hobby and people then began to ask me if I could make things for them so I decided to start up.
How did you fund your start up?
It was started with some savings I had to purchase a more industrial machine and equipment.
How do you manage working around your children?
It’s not easy. My eldest has begun primary school but my little one is at preschool so I try to get it done while they are both out. But they are also really good as they are used to the machine and like to try and help.
Can you describe a typical day?
8.40 Take my eldest to school and my little one to preschool.
9.30 home from school run set up design to stitch and then set up the next items to stitch
11.30 pick son up for lunch and give him back to preschool
12.45 back to it for the afternoon
2.50 pick up the boys
3.30 finish of bits
7.00 design for the next day/ reply to emails/ update social media
What have you found hardest?
Trying to fit as much as I can into one day. One thing with what I do is there are bound to be mistakes and machine error which can be costly time wise. Also that it takes over the house with equipment and stock.
What’s the best thing about being self employed?
Being able to be there for my children when I need to be
What are your plans for the future?
I would like to expand into other areas of personalisation and possibly look into getting a premises to work from in the future.
What advice would you give for someone just starting out?
Expect mistakes. That sometimes people don’t like your work and It’s not personal. It does take a lot of time being self employed as you have to find everything out for yourself.