I'm finally back at my desk and settling into the new year and after taking a little time looking back over last years planner before it goes in the bin, I've realised how far my little business has come in a year. Since I've enjoyed reading other people's posts about their achievements I thought I'd share mine too.
2014 saw me; giving up my part time job, licensing my first card designs, doing my first trade fair, hiring a professional photographer, joining Not On The High Street, working on my first book, celebrating the Business's second birthday and having my products sold in Etsy house!
After a busy January working like a mental person to get new products ready I exhibited at my first trade fair in February (Spring Fair!!) and shared a few valuable tips about my experience of it.
This was a huge learning curve for me and I learnt so very much, not only from chatting to buyers, but also other exhibitors, and even attending some of the seminars.
Just before the Spring Fair I picked up my first international stockist in Switzerland after being featured in Country Living magazine which was amazing, and I'm still waiting for a good excuse to go and visit!
February also saw me begin an awesome partnership with the super talented Holly Booth Photography. Based in Derby I had spent a lot of time enjoying the work Holly had been doing with other creatives, and I won't lie...I really hate taking product photo's. I can't get the lighting, there is no nice space in my house I can use, things fall over, look messy and I get fed up. So I knew I had to bite the bullet and I'm so glad I did.
Holly has done all my photo's since and I've never looked back.