I have always been creative and the idea of starting a creative business was hugely appealing.
I spent time researching what really is quite a niche service and launched my business in 2016.
your business, and it can lead to being overwhelmed.
I have a saying that has carried me through from my employed days to my self-employed days: ‘If I always do what I’ve always done, I’ll always get what I’ve always got’.
Month to month I plan my social media content and use scheduling apps to help me, both for my businesses and for my virtual assistant client.
I aim to complete all correspondence in the morning, which is my most productive time, and that then leaves my afternoons to try new wrapping techniques, prepare a workshop, visit a new venue or read up on anything new.To stay connected with people while I was getting started, and to grow an audience, I became an Independent Phoenix Trader (now Flamingo Paperie) selling cards, gift wrap and ribbons.This was a great opportunity for me to advertise my workshops, which I initially ran from home.With never a quiet moment, this Dales Business Woman talks through all of the different facets of her job and how she plans out her days.With my retail background and determination to put my business ideas into practice, I enrolled on a Jane Means gift wrapping course.With this gift on the left, I used and added – simple and quick but beautiful!!There’s something about stacked gifts that makes them irresistible!From a chance meeting at a networking event, where I mentioned I was looking for small runs of branded gift wrap and tags to use in my business, I now print short runs of high-quality branded wrap, and make bespoke giftbags and tags for designer makers and small businesses.As well as running the gift wrapping business, I am the hostess of the Chic Vintique Craft & Vintage Fairs in Richmond and Stockton, plus the Home Front Vintage Fair, which is part of Leyburn’s 1940s weekend.(affiliate links included in post – full disclosure statement available )For darker colored gift wrap, chalk pens (available ) are great for writing messages on your packages or even just for writing who the present is “to” and “from” without the need for a gift tag.They’re simple to use (they work just like paint pens) and definitely add a little something special.