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THE 5 BEST THINGS I DID FOR MY BUSINESS: PART 2

Penny Amey

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THE 5 BEST THINGS I DID FOR MY BUSINESS: PART 2

Before reading this post, I recommend catching up with The 5 Best Things I Did for my Business Part 1. That post was written nearly a year ago, and things have grown a fair bit since then so I thought it was worth an update. Part 1 was written just a short while after I'd started working full time on Little Nell, so it was about adapting my routine and getting used to working alone. Part 2 is about growing my brand, and learning from people far wiser than myself. (Rather than thinking I already know it all...) 6. FINDING...


WE'RE WINGING IT, AND THAT'S OKAY

Penny Amey

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WE'RE WINGING IT, AND THAT'S OKAY

I met someone recently who had followed me online for a while, and assumed Little Nell was far bigger than it is. They thought I had staff, and that I was a proper professional, with a real studio (not a pokey attic with a bit of damp). I laughed, the thought genuinely amused me. But when I thought about it, I'm guilty of trying to portray that online, not all the time, but definitely some of the time. I always refer to Little Nell as 'we' because I finding saying 'I' a bit odd (I am not my business), and...


BUSINESS TIME: MY FIRST TRADE SHOW

Penny Amey

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BUSINESS TIME: MY FIRST TRADE SHOW

(That's my nervous, first thing, day one face. You can see the look of 'please buy my jewellery' desperation.) Earlier this month I attended my first ever trade show at Top Drawer. It felt like a real landmark for me, a deadline to get my sh*t together and start selling to retail. (Which was supposed to be my priority when I left my full time job 10 months ago...) Trade shows were a big part of my job when I used to work in marketing, so I'm familiar with the process, but it felt quite different when it's all about...


INDIE OUTLOOK: LOUISE WRIGHT DESIGN

Penny Amey

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INDIE OUTLOOK: LOUISE WRIGHT DESIGN

Welcome to the wonderful, whimsical world of illustrator Louise Wright. Her artwork features a menagerie of adorable animals, possibly inspired by her own pets (anyone who has ever owned a Collie will strongly identify with this particular print!) You can shop the full range of Louise's cards and prints over on her Etsy shop. WHAT DID YOU WORK AS BEFORE BUILDING YOUR INDEPENDENT EMPIRE? After studying illustration at uni it was my dream to become an illustrator right away. However, reality hit me hard and that just didn't happen. I ended up doing a range of jobs that I hated...


BUSINESS TIME: POP-UP STUDIO

Penny Amey

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I'm trying to avoid the 'September is here, Autumn's arrived' angle on this post, but as lots of you already know, the shorter grey days can make photography really tricky, (unless you have your own photography studio set up!) I found this particularly difficult when I worked full time, because evenings were my Little Nell time, but trying to photograph dainty jewellery past 5pm in November is all but impossible. It was then that I made the very sensible decision to invest in some lighting, I didn't want anything too expensive or bulky, and after a little research, someone recommended...