The Oxford English Dictionary defines an entrepreneur as “A person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.”
I’ve definitely been there and done that.. ten years ago I set up my own candle and soap making business. It was called Purple Sparkle Crafts and I loved it to bits. I made candles and wax melts that looked and smelt like cupcakes to start with, and candles in vintage teacups – then expanded into soaps, body butters, bath melts, jewellery, wall art… I was a maker on a mission! I opened my own shop in a little town in Somerset, and I sold wholesale to retailers all over the UK, and also to the United States and I had a number of stockists in the Netherlands. I made soaps and candles for brands to sell under their own label, I organised craft and vintage fairs, taught workshops to children and for hen parties, and I wrote a few tutorials for magazines. One of my proudest moments was being contacted by Channel 4 to be asked if they could visit my shop for ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Home’ and film me teaching Kirstie Allsopp how to make candles. One of my regrets was missing out on that opportunity because we couldn’t make the dates work!
So there I was, working until late every night, sometimes around the clock – what was the problem with my seemingly successful business? Well, in hindsight, it was one simple, and very important thing. I was a terrible businesswoman. I worked for free, I worked at a loss just because I didn’t want to lose my clients – I did everything wrong in that respect.
But that was ten years ago, and now, if you want to start your own business, there are endless tools, workshops, e-books, and experts who are full of knowledge who can help you build it, and not make the same mistakes that I did the first time around. And this time, with my newly launched business, Bliss Botanicals, I am taking it all in. This time around, I want to be able to support myself and my children by doing what I love, and inspiring others along the way.
Next week, from 21st – 30th June, is the first Female Entrepreneur Week (FEW). It’s so full of content they have expanded the week to last ten days! It’s an online festival celebrating and supporting female entrepreneurs to make their business the best that it can be. As I said, there is so much information out there for business owners, but Female Entrepreneur Week is focussing on just the essential steps you need to build your business.
Over the ten days, the FEW crew will share details on the following…
There is also access to a Facebook group where you can connect with other Female Entrepreneurs.
You can sign up to FEW at www.femaleentrepreneurweek.com by entering your name and email address. All of the training is free.
I’m looking forward to getting stuck in, and I’m so excited to be an official blogger for FEW, so I’ll be letting you know how I get on, as well as sharing more information about my new business. (Click on the shop link at the top of the page if you want to see what I’ve been up to so far!)