The Day it all Began – Homemade Gifts Harrogate

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

 How I started my business making bespoke homemade gifts! I can remember the day so clearly. My baby was 5 months old and napping in her bouncer. I would normally collapse and revel in the peace and quiet, but that day, the day it all began, I needed something to do.  For once the house was tidy and a wash was on, dog walked and tea sorted. Twiddling my thumbs I thought I would look for a name plaque I wanted for Little Red’s room. I trawled the internet, wondering why it was so hard to find something I liked. I found plaques that were too plain, which isn’t always a bad thing, but I wanted something different, something as unique as my little girl! When I did find something I liked I was shocked at the price, £89.99 for a name plaque? I could win the lottery and still think that was ridiculous. Then I thought I will just make my own! Within minutes I had added some items to my shopping basket and had my PayPal password ready to purchase them. But then I thought what else could I make, how much would things cost, can I paint as well with emulsion as I can watercolours, would my husband think the idea brewing in my head right now is crazy….well he didn’t. My husband thought my idea was a “brilliant” one. When he walked in the door from work I flew at him “I’m starting a business!”. By the time he had listened to all of my ramblings and seen how excited I was, he sat me down and told me to write a list of 5 things I would like to make. He agreed to let me use some of our savings for a few pots of paint, wood and tools and told me to go for it! Then he asked if I had a name for my new little business. That was simple, I would name my business after the lady who inspired it, Little Red. Little Red’s Homemade Gifts was born and planned in one afternoon. Easy! My husband is a Business Development officer for our local Council, the perfect man to help me get started. Also the perfect man to be organised and keep me grounded when my ideas started to become more and more elaborate. I needed to be sensible, register my business, learn the financial and record keeping side of things. He enrolled me in some classes that he helped run through our council called Business Enterprise Gateway (Found Here), helping people just like me get started. I went to every one of the classes and had one on one advice, I still go and see my lovely business advisor Nigel, he’s an absolute star and doesn’t mind that Little Red steals his pens when we go to visit! By this point I was already trading, doing quite nicely for such a brand new business and was really enjoying myself juggling my  creations with my real Little Red, who would sit in her bouncer for hours watching me (hopefully learning the trade so she can take over one day!). I had my lovely friend Polly, a very talented artist, draw for me my beautiful Little Red character, based on the real lady with her own ideas filling the gaps. (Polly’s work is here)  Then I received an email from a local shop in Harrogate, they had seen my work and wanted to meet with me about possibly stocking in their shop! I couldn’t believe it. That was the point when I thought maybe I can do this, if my work is good enough for such a nice shop, then maybe this could...

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