LITTLE NELL BLOG

BUSINESS TIME: ONE YEAR ON

Penny Amey

BUSINESS TIME: ONE YEAR ON

It's been a year since I left my full time job and became self-employed. In that time I've been a very inconsistent blogger, going through phases of loving blogging, then feeling like I have nothing to say. But I'm really grateful to have it as a record to look back on every now and then as Little Nell changes and (hopefully) grows, it's definitely a little therapeutic having somewhere to write down my experiences. Just over a month into my self employment I wrote this very positive post, and it's good to look back on it when I'm feeling complacent 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...


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...