Makers Making it……Who knows when you can officially say you made it. For some people it is making a lots of money, for others it is about a life goal of achieving a retail unit or even a personal target about a home or weight.
Today I read about 2 of our members that have hit The Guardian with their stories. Both are great reads, with their stories from where it began and even previous jobs. They are both at different points, but one which I would argue is somewhat of a life goal. One now owns a shop and the other is ‘like a bee on a daisy’ making his wooden cheese/presentation boards and knives for top chefs and many happy households across the world.
No need to compare yourself to the next, we need to set our own destination. When we set out on a path there is not always an end objective in sight, but something that grows into a goal or personal achievement. I question whether when Carrie of Junkbox first set up her clothing range she dared think she would own her own shop and then end up in The Guardian with her business in Chester. I recently visited The 2nd Floor and it is a such a great outlet and very quirky too. It plays host to a number of brilliant makers. Our very own Cart+Ferry is there with their beautiful selection of handmade bags for all occasions and one of my personal favourites too is Rheannon Ormond. I met Rheannon when she was just 11 years old, a creative soul that has clearly channelled her energy into creating her own distinctive style of art.
John, of Whispers of Wood, is a larger than life character with great positivity vibes. This makes him a great seller, creator and business man, with the help of his fab wife too, of course! I had the pleasure of working with John at The Kirstie Allsopp Handmade Fair this year and it was brilliant to watch him talk about his products that he knew inside out. From where the wood originated to the end product. The article in the Guardian was about his career from Sailor, IT Manager, Singer to craftsman (due to it being part of a promotion has been removed).
Both sellers have had an article written about them as they are both Square users and for those that don’t know. Square is an alternative to izettle or SumUp the mobile card machines. We recently used this device too. The whole system was fantastic and worked without any glitches. We were running 13 different shops effectively through one machine and it worked a treat. We would most definitely recommend using this device for your stall or even a shop.
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