LITTLE NELL BLOG — Business time

BUSINESS TIME: THE 5 BEST THINGS I DID FOR MY BUSINESS

Penny Amey

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1. CUSTOMISE YOUR SPACE I work in an attic, space is tight and all the furniture has to arrive through what is essentially a hatch in my bedroom ceiling. Went I quit my job and realised I was going to be sat in that attic 5 days a week, I decided to scrap my impractical little Ikea desk and have one made. I bought some £25 mesh drawers, £2 desk legs and found a carpenter on mybuilder.com to create and fit a bespoke desktop that made the most of my limited space, fitting into the uneven walls. It cost me...


INDIE OUTLOOK: STORMY KNIGHT

Penny Amey

Tags Business time, Indie Outlook

Say hello to my pun-loving pal Sarah Knight, the Bristol based brains behind Stormy Knight. Stockist to the stars (Alexa Chung's sister bought one of her cards) and my go-to greetings girl, her cards have just the right mix of funny, cute and clever. Read more below to discover her 'Get Shit Done' song and childhood aspirations to be a contortionist.... WHAT DID YOU WORK AS BEFORE/ALONGSIDE BUILDING YOUR INDEPENDENT EMPIRE?I've always worked in the design industry as a graphic designer and illustrator - most recently as an in-house designer for a company retailing children's travel products. Working in a...


INDIE OUTLOOK: HELLO HARRIET

Penny Amey

Tags Business time, Indie Outlook

Meet Hello Harriet, purveyor of adorable goods adorned with alpacas, pugs and kittens (to name a few), but really, what's not to like? I've been following Harriet for some time on social media and my first purchase was the 'Alpaca that for you' tote bag, which is probably my favourite pun ever. Read about how she went from packing custard powder, to full-time freelance below... WHAT DID YOU WORK AS BEFORE BUILDING YOUR INDEPENDENT EMPIRE?It took me a good 4 years after leaving Uni before I started working for myself full time, and I literally had *so many* random jobs...


INDIE OUTLOOK: PAPIO PRESS

Penny Amey

Tags Business time, Indie Outlook

First up in our new Indie Outlook series is Papio Press, created by illustrators Harry and Zanna. They sell a range of beautifully illustrated accessories and homewares, from prints and notebooks, to phone cases and wall clocks. WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE/ALONGSIDE BUILDING YOUR INDEPENDENT EMPIRE?Harry and I started Papio Press at the end of our second year of our Illustration BA. Starting a business as a student was fantastic, and I would highly recommend it to others. We had a lot of support from our tutors, access to a lot of amazing equipment, and the pressure was off because...


BUSINESS TIME: THE FIRST MONTH

Penny Amey

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I've been working for myself for just over a month now, so it seemed like a good time to let you know how it's going. My biggest worry was that I'd be bored and lonely. I've always been pretty content in my own company, but that was when time on my own was relatively rare. Suddenly I have all day to over-think everything, and there's no one around to talk me out of my crazy ideas (jewellery for cats anyone?). Although I'm reluctant to make a definitive verdict on this after such a short time, so far... *whispers*, I'm fine....