starting a business

It was this time last year that I started contemplating starting a business of my own. After many years of making use of a science brain, I thought it was time to be more creative. My 2-year-old daughter was a stimulant. Stitching dresses and knitting hats for her made me happy.

So what was holding me back? Well, FEAR – fear of not having any money, losing all the money, being ridiculed, not having a MBA degree (that’s what entrepreneurs’ are equipped with – right?).

All I wanted to do was to design dresses for little girls. Dresses that I can’t find on the high street, designs that will make the tots look different yet very stylish. I love cotton and silk fabrics especially those from India. The quality of the fabrics is to die for. After much thought, I decided to jump the arena. I booked a trip to India in search of fabric suppliers last winter. Now 6 months later, I have a company of my own now, selling limited edition of dresses for little girls. I am looking forward to the winter collection in silk. They will be a bit expensive compared with the high street giants, but I think limited edition comes at a price. I am confident that the quality will match the price and so good value for money.

The last 6 months have been very stressful. I learned a lot on the way. I could never imagine opening a business bank account, doing a website myself with the help of Create, or be able to deal with suppliers and negotiate and bargain with them. The most enjoyable bit has been the designing part and seeing the end product. Thanks to those who have appreciated me so far.

I am not a natural seller but I am learning. Various workshops and discussions have been helpful. I have made a lot of mistakes already and have learned a good lesson from each. Please wish me luck in my venture and hope you will be around to read my future ramblings on my efforts.


5 thoughts on “starting a business

  1. Good for you. I never set out to start a book business. I had a thriving nursery school and thought I’d do that until I retired! A book lady came and sold books in the nursery and then one day offered me the chance to join her book business. Why would I want to? I had a business already but then she said I would be able to buy my books at discount and I was hooked. That is all I was going to do way back then. Well various things happened and I gave up the nursery school and am loving my business. Hope you continue to love yours. you clearly have a passion for it. Long may you enthusiasm last.

  2. Hi, i’m very much from the same background as you, i have a degree in Biochemistry and just didn’t wanna work for the NHS anymore, i wanted to start my own business so i could have flexibility in working hours and get something back for me & my family, so the harder i work the better my family benefit not some other random company who doesn’t appreciate it.

    It’s lush having my own business; it’s not about the money , it’s the independence and self worth aspect i’m in it for. Providing products i am proud of and which people feelgood from is great. 🙂

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