Yesterday I hopped into the oxo cube (our courtesy car whilst big booty Meggy is undergoing repairs) and took an adventurous road trip over hills and dales to Derbyshire to experience the first Craft Business Inspiration Day run by Photocraft and The Business Shaper. Both companies offer fantastic advice to those who have a small creative business like myself. The live workshop was held in the Haybarn at the most beautiful Beechenhill Farm in Ilam. The venue was a stunning renovated farm building with vast views of the inspiring Peak District National Park.
Beechenhill Farm, Ilam
It was fantastic to get out of the house and meet up with fellow creative types who run their own businesses. One of the most daunting things I’ve found since being made redundant last year is that lack of social interaction that I used to get in a work environment. Now I’m at home with the Little Man (I’ll have to think of a new nickname as he’s not so little any more!) the main way in which I talk to people is through a computer screen, often messaging on social media. Running your own home based business can be very isolating so to get out into the fresh air and chat to like-minded people face to face was a definite plus.
There were around 30 of us there that day, slightly nervous, unsure what to expect but eager to learn new skills that can be of benefit to our businesses.
A hub of creative activity inside the Haybarn
After a brief introduction and an ice breaker we were split into smaller groups. This gave us a chance to chat about what we do and learn that we were all pretty much in the same boat. We were all running our own creative businesses from home, we wanted to be more organised and wished give our businesses a boost with a fresh approach.
Getting to know you, getting to know all about yoooou!
With a balanced mix of mini workshops and group activities the day was jam packed with information. The workshops consisted of Lyndsey James of Photocraft providing a brilliant insight into product photography for craft businesses; Daniel Philips discussing how to make the most of online marketing and using social media; and Suzy Rai giving advice on how to be confident when selling and perfecting our pitches when talking to retailers about our products.
Essential kit: Notebook, pen, biz cards & a good brew
With all that was going on the day soon passed. If you get the chance to go to one of these events just do it, you will love every minute! I met some talented crafters and my head was buzzing with ideas on the journey home, so I can’t wait to implement them into my business plan to ensure Scavenger Annie’s threads stay at their most rockin’!