Business Plans, Bags and College.

Well variety certainly is the spice of life at the moment.¬† But I think that’s the joy of running your own business and not something I’m ever going to complain about ūüôā

I spent most of my birthday talking to people about my future and where I see myself going.¬† From the nice lady at the job centre (my work coach), to my sister (my life coach), to the fabulous lady at Penna Outplacement (my business coach).¬† I feel like I’m bubbling with ideas and enthusiasm¬†but it needs moulding into something more solid.¬† And that’s why it’s good to talk!

From Monday I’m attending Oldham College Sewing Academy (OCSA)¬†where I’m hoping to hone my skills and learn the “professional” tricks.¬† I will also¬†gain a certificate in Textiles and Fashion, which for someone almost completely self taught is something I’d really like.¬† A course courtesy of OCSA and the DWP, ta guys much appreciated.

And then in August I’m planning to attend a Self Employment Awareness seminar which¬†I’m quite excited about because I’ll be able to mix¬†with other people looking to start businesses too.¬†¬†¬†But¬†also because I get to pick the brains of some successful and knowledgeable people.¬† I’m also going to be meeting the lady Penna have¬†introduced me to¬†who is going to help me with marketing, not my strong suit ūüė¶

And then on to September when I’m going to be on a Training and Education course.¬† I have been designing and delivering training for years but my workshops will be different as the focus will be much more about having¬†fun.¬† As much as I loved this aspect of my previous job I have not met a single person on a SAP course who was there expecting to have fun (although I tried).

But in all the exciting things there’s the spectre¬†of chaos, of time wasted, of failure.¬† Which is why, although it’s taking some time that I’d rather spend¬†designing or sewing,¬†I am working on a business plan.¬† I won’t lie working through HMRC expense claim regulations and doing product costing is NOT fun.¬† But at least I can see it could be successful, all it takes is hard work, a little luck and the continued support of my nearest and dearest.¬† Let’s do this!

Oh were you wondering about the bags?¬† I snuck in some sewing because how else can you cost if you don’t do a prototype?¬† So here are a couple from the “girly” range, they’re reversible shoppers for those who like a change every now and then.¬† And if you look really carefully (or scroll to the last picture) you can see my brilliant new labels from easy2name.

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