Hand-Crafted Baby Mementos Business Owner
Art and Crafts
Posted: 21st Jun 2017 Closing: 21st Sep 2017
The Keepsake Company
Join 'The Keepsake Co', the leading Hand-Crafted Baby Mementos business which helps parents capture their most precious early memories. With a flexible joining structure and a range of low-cost start-up options, this opportunity will particularly appeal to women who want to run their own creative, flexible and rewarding business. You can get started with the full business set up package which includes support, training, website and branding for only £2497+vat.
Full training and support will be given allowing you the freedom to build your business at your own pace and around the demands of your family.To find out more or to request an information pack please contact Pippa on the contact details below.
Our start up package is £2497+vat and includes kits and training for 4 beautiful keepsake products, unique custom branding to start off on the right feet and full e-commerce website.
You can set your own hours giving you the freedom to build your business at your own pace and around the demands of your family.
The earning potential for this business is high and can be built around the time you have available. A profit calculator will be provided in the information pack.
Best suited to:
The Keepsake Co Business are looking for friendly, confident and determined ladies who are looking to build a successful business of their own. You must be well organised, computer literate, good with young babies, children and parents and highly motivated.
Name: Laura Buchanan
Location: Bearsted, near Maidstone, Kent.
Family: Husband Kevin, 2 year old daughter Esme, 2 cats Oscar and Vivienne, 2 fish Paris and Vegas.
How often do you work?
I tend to work most days. Having my own business, I think it’s important to keep on top of everything and make sure I look after my customers. However, depending on what I have planned personally, I can be flexible with what I do and can easily take time off if needed. I also sometimes do weekend events as I find it a great way to generate awareness and sales
How does the job fit around your family life?
Because I choose my hours it fits perfectly. Every day I make sure Esme and I have quality time together doing something fun. Then when I am working I try to involve her where possible. She loves meeting customers and taking orders to the post office! When she goes to school I’ll have more time for my business but feel so lucky I can be there every day to do the school run
How much time do you commit?
I will tend to keep an eye on facebook and emails throughout the day but normally spend 2 hours in the afternoon when Esme naps and 3 hours at night. This includes polishing which can be done in front of the tv! But because of the flexibility I can change my hours around according to what other plans I have. Most of the ladies with school age children limit their hours during school holidays.
Where do you carry out your work?
My husband also works from home. We have a spare room and recently redecorated it and have half the room each. It means I can make my area exactly as I want. It is definitely preferable to have your own space to work, even if it is a small area of an existing room, however if due to a lack of space you need to do all your work from the kitchen table then it is possible.
Do you need a car?
It depends on how you want to run your business. If you want to solely have an internet based business or have customers come to you then as long as you are walking distance to a post office then you don’t need one. However if you want to attend events, visit customers or network with other local businesses then it is preferable.
Do you get support/training?
The support and training from The Keepsake Association is outstanding. They help with everything from the practicalities of starting your business, learning how to make beautiful products and how to build your business ongoing. All the members also support each other. It’s a really welcoming environment where we all want each other to succeed and are happy to share learnings and successes.
Would you recommend this opportunity to other mums?
I always knew I wanted to do something like this but felt I needed support without the restrictiveness of a franchise. Finding The Keepsake Association has honestly changed my life. I keep my independence doing something I love but I also get to spend a lot of precious time with my daughter while she is little. It really is the best of both worlds and I wouldn’t choose anything else to do.
Do you advertise?
Yes. I think it is very difficult to build a business if you don’t advertise. However you can be creative with what you do and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. I find attending craft fairs and other local events a great way of advertising and building my reputation. I also carefully select local businesses to work with. I work hard at networking locally which often means the word spreads for me.
Are there any downsides to the role?
You need to be disciplined with your time. You are your own boss and don’t have anyone telling you what to do. This might mean that you need to motivate yourself if you are having a challenging day, but likewise you need to make sure you don’t work too many hours and take on too much. It is very easy to become consumed in your business when you want it to succeed so much