Tell us a bit about your family?
Happily married with two fab teenagers. Flinn is 16 and Brogan is 13yrs. We have a very cute black lab called Rio
What’s your business called?
Can you describe it in one sentence?
Silver Keepsake Jewellery
When did you start it and what inspired you?
I started in September 2015, after leaving the civil service.
How did you fund your start up?
Fortunately I was able to use my exit package money to buy this franchise.
How do you manage working around your children?
As my children are older I can choose when I work, this does have its positives and negatives as feel unless I make a conscious effort to turn off, I find myself working all hours!
Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?
My day varies really, but as this is very early days I am concentrating on marketing as much as I can, do baby fairs, markets, playgroups nurseries etc I also do home visits. The rest of the time is taken up with admin, social media etc
What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?
I think my biggest challenge is coping with the financial instability, never really knowing from one week to the next what my income will be. I haven’t built up any reserves yet so cash flow is very low. Learning to make jewellery and use all the equipment (I handmake everything)was also a challenge after only 3 days training.
What’s the best thing about being self employed?
After being employed for 25+ years it is just great to be my own boss. Love making my jewellery, meeting new people and get a real buzz from making new leads.
What are your plans for the future?
To build a well establish business within my territory. To become the “go to” person for keepsake jewellery within Bath and Wiltshire.
What advice would you give for someone just starting out?
Make sure you do your figures, and that you have contingencies if things don’t work out straight away. Pick the right time of year to start, I started in September which gave me a 3 month lead in to Christmas time ( my busiest time of the year).