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TIPS on starting your own business

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TIPS on starting your own business

No matter how good the product or service being offered, the success of a business often comes down to its structure, cash flow, funds, staff and marketing. Here’s a checklist of things you need to do once you have decided to take the plunge to join Britain’s amazing ranks of entrepreneurs.

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New Years resolutions you didn't know your business needed

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New Years resolutions you didn't know your business needed

New Years resolutions you didn't know your business needed,

The end of a year is the perfect time to reflect on your business’s progress over the past 12 months, and plan how you want it to develop in the upcoming 12. Setting goals for yourself and your company are the perfect way to reset your mind and your energy levels. Below are some new years resolutions to better your business in this upcoming year!

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Inspiring woman of the month! One of our own!

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Inspiring woman of the month! One of our own!

WOMAN OF THE MONTH!

This week I am starting a new project, I want to SHOWCASE an Inspiring creative woman of the month from our amazing Facebook group. Why? because you are ALL so amazingly talented and this needs to be recognised. It will give you a chance to talk about your business, it will also help everyone understand how a real business works. If you would like to have your business showcased on our blog and Social media please let me know in the comments below! OR JOIN OUR INSPIRING CREATIVE WOMEN FACEBOOK PAGE and message me. 

This week our amazing woman of the month is
Designer SHEENA BULSARA
 

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ABOUT HER
She is an innovative designer with experience in roles as a senior jewelry designer. She has worked for a variety of well-known luxury and high street brands. For the last 13 years, she has been spent immersed in a world of precious stones, costume jewelry, trims, beads, vintage jewelry and antique artifacts sourced from around the world.
She has also honed her jewelry making skills and production knowledge, not only by creating collections for various brands across the High Street but by building her own brand SB where she makes one of a kind jewelry by using and restoring old antique components with Swarovski Crystals. 
She embraces the challenge of taking on new projects and conceptualizing and creating innovative jewelry.

Q&A

What motivated & inspired you to start your business? 
SHEENA: I have worked in jewelry design for 15 years designing for all the UK High Street retailers and concessions in Galerie Lafayette Paris. 
There has always been this inner fire within me to try to break the norm within the design, break and redefine the boundaries of how objects should be used or worn.  Tired of designing throw away fashion items, I really wanted to create unique diverse collections which inspired people, evoked a sense of amazement, excitement and shows craftsmanship and skill. 
 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS
Would you describe your career as a passion? 
SHEENA: Passion is all I am  I’Mextremely passionate about Art, Design and what I do. I love creating and making new pieces it’s a feeling I can't really describe in words it's just an inner sense this is who I am. I knew I wanted to be a designer from the age of 10. 

What part of being a designer do you prefer? The Creative, Sales, social or marketing side? 
SHEENA: I love the design part the post but also the social side as I love meeting new people, talking and discussing MTM orders and also making people feel happy with what they have bought. 
 

WHAT ideas did you take action on/steps YOU TOOK TO GET YOUR BUSINESS UP AND RUNNING? 
SHEENA: It was helpful for me to be able to do this as I had been working within the industry for 15 years and also had the experience of traveling and working in many European and far countries. It was this experience I have been able to gain a sense of what is required to have a jewelry business.  

What is required for marketing, merchandise, aesthetically? What sells and what level of finish and quality you need to maintain in the business? What has been the most effective way of building your tribe for your business and getting new customers? 
SHEENA: The most effective for me has been social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram but I also know a lot of stylists and buyers in the industry. This has helped to strengthen my tribe for business. Also, word of mouth a great book sums a lot of this up really well, book title purple cow by Seth Godwin. 

Who do you follow to get inspiration? 
SHEENA: Inspiration for me isn't from one source it's everything around me. I visit and go out to lots of fashion events, museums, private views, exhibitions and it's always inspirational.

What have been your biggest challenges so far?
SHEENA: I know that commercial pieces always sell better but I'm so tired of commercial jewelry that in actual fact I could potentially be earning lots more money but have made a choice to be bespoke from beginning to end. so the challenge has been financial. 

How did you overcome these challenges? 
SHEENA: I have overcome this problem by having additional services like loaning jewelry out for stylists to use for fashion events, runway shows or magazines. I also advise and repair jewelry for clients. the key thing in any business to be open, versatile in your approach, love what you do. 

What do you love the best about running your own design business? 
SHEENA: I love being in control of my design and in charge of what I want to place in my collection. I sometimes feel in fashion jewelry it's always about the next season but still feel that you can follow trends but still re use certain styles in the next collection by re inventing some styles. 
 
What advice would you give to other creative entrepreneurs? 
SHEENA: I would say to stay focused, be yourself, try to enjoy the process, be clear what direction you want your business to take, what you want from the business, and what you want to achieve and what time frames you want to get this done by. but to still smile.and try not to be overwhelmed with the business side. 

How do you keep motivated when you are having a bad day? 
SHEENA: I dance I'm an artist in many different ways, I feel it helps me to loosen and open my mind to creativity. 

What are your main inspirations? 
SHEENA: My main inspirations would be music, colour, art, painting.
 
What platforms do you use to sell you products on? 
SHEENA: A lot of social media and my contacts I have with stylists and people I now within the industry, also blogger events.
 
What ones are the most successful for you? 
SHEENA: Social media and bloggers events.

What is your objective in your business? what do you want to achieve? 
SHEENA: To innovate, create new designs that open the eye to the way we see and wear jewelry.

 What advice would you give someone who is starting out? 
 SHEENA: Just keep trying and believe.

Do you have any tips on tools that you use ie apps, websites, online things to help your business? 
SHEENA: I look at lots of different blogs as you can find endless information from them.

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I hope you find this useful if you would like to be featured next time please let us know in the comments below and if you haven't already joined our Facebook community (click here), full of inspiring creative women.

Katherine x
 

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14 Great Creative Blogs to give you Inspiration

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14 Great Creative Blogs to give you Inspiration

 

I have been researching blogs for my millinery business and I wanted to share some of the best with you. I have included some recommended sites for learning, plus some fashion and lifestyle blogs to give you inspiration.

Lastly I added a link to a blog detailing trends for this year’s wedding season, you might not work in weddings but the trend boards in this blog are great for any designer.

 

Enjoy x

 

Learning

Tuts+: Learn creative skills and shape your future. That’s the message from the people behind Tuts+, which has over five million users and shares lessons about code, illustration, photography, web design, and more.

Skillfeed: With over 67,000 video tutorials and more than 8,000 hours of learning, They even offer a free trial.

Udemy: A place to learn real world skills online.

Lynda.com: One of the best known online tutorial websites,  Lynda.com covers a huge range of topics, including web, design, development, animation, video, audio, photography, business and even education.

 

Lifestyle

Kinfolk: With jaw-dropping and mouth watering photography, Kinfolk is a popular choice for many creatives worldwide. Its website features content that’s available to subscribers.

Poppy Loves: A fresh and very appealing London lifestyle blog that covers the city’s events, cafes, restaurants, fashion, music, art and design.

Everyday Carry: Peek inside the pockets and lives of interesting creative people. Very simple idea but so fascinating.

The Selby: Take a peek at interesting creative people in their own studios, homes or workplaces. With funky little interviews and great photography, this is a must-read for creatives everywhere.

 

Fashion lifestyle

The Fashion Guitar

Dutch-born, NYC-dwelling, statement dress-wearing fashion blogger, Charlotte G.

Why: Charlotte mixes up her ultra-feminine style with classic staples, with a quirky twist.

 

Pernille Teisbaeck

Lithesome, Danish, street style regular Pernille Teisbaek

Born in Copenhagen, Pernille Teisbæk is the epitome of sleek, Scandi, style perfection.

Stella's Wardrobe 

History graduate Stella Kattermann

Kattermann is instantly recognisable for her bleached do and serious fringe. Her blog is suitably personal, hot in East London.

 

Coco's Tea Party

Gregory’s blog is all about feel-good fashion and interesting

 Coco’s Tea Party is a lifestyle blog dedicated to providing attainable style inspiration for fashion-savvy young professionals.

 

Advanced Style

Cohen’s dazzling street style snaps of stylish seniors is a treat. He grew up worshipping both his glam grannies and parlayed his respect for the older lady

Finally, I will leave you with a Summer wedding trends blog, to finish with a bit of inspiration

http://www.magnetstreet.com/wedding-color-trends

Have a Great week and see you next time x

Thank you to Google images for images 

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Goal Setting: Tips & Tricks

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Goal Setting: Tips & Tricks

If you read our blog, then you already are an inspiring creative women interested in business and entrepreneurial activities and have heard our frequent suggestion to set goals. Goal setting isn’t always the easiest thing and I understand that it often times can be increasingly overwhelming. Having a concrete plan and list can prove to be a key tool to guide you to a dream career.

Reaching your end goal does not happen over time; it can be a long and at times frustrating process. In order to remain on track with a positive outlook, setting smaller goals will provide hope and a sure pathway to success.

We know that goal setting is hard… here are some tips & tricks to help!

 

 

be SMART

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This acronym is a perfect guide for goal setting! Make sure that every goal you set meets these criteria in order for it to be the most beneficial. Each goal should be specific in what it is designed to accomplish while also maintain a format of measurement to note when it has been accomplished. Make your goal attainable – setting unrealistic goals only sets yourself up to be thrown off track with disappointment. Also, ensuring that your smaller milestone goals are relevant to and will benefit your end goal is imperative to goal setting. All of these goals must also be set to a specific time limit in order to ensure a set track of attainability for your end goal.

Write It Out

Writing and developing a concrete plan is a key way to maintain FOCUS. It is the perfect visual to see which goals you have ahead of you and how close you are on your journey to obtaining your ultimate goal. This plan is your personal guide to reaching your goals and obtaining your reams – MAKE IT PRETTY. Decorate your plan to your personality so that instead of viewing your goals as a chore, you see them as an exciting journey that will lead you to excellence.

 

Research

Having a full and developed understanding as to what it will take to achieve your ultimate goal is essential. This may require a bit of research and a determination to learn everything you possibly can about what your end-goal entails and what it takes to get you there.

Have A Support System

Having a set support system can be your secret motivation weapon! Tell a mentor or group of people you trust what you are setting out to do. These people can be extremely helpful with providing advice and aiding with networking. Also, an outside parties honest feedback can be extremely helpful in ensuring that you are on track to meet your goals!

Be Committed

Obtaining goals and staying on track with your plan is a difficult task! Falling down is part of the journey, keep your head up and remain positive. Staying committed and true to yourself can be difficult through challenging tasks but once you achieve your goals it will feel INCREDIBLE! Stick to it and stay committed – you will surprise yourself with what you can do. 

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