|Mother's Day Work In Progress|
I found time to leave my craft den for a day and went to my first trade show at the NEC in Birmingham, back to my homeland! I am from the Midlands originally, not Brum itself but a town outside. I moved down south for work but it is always nice to be in the area and hear my midlands twang creep back.
|I had a badge, proof I am a professional!!|
It was interesting to go to this event and see what it was all about, I saw some small businesses who were happy to speak to little ole me but a lot of stalls for paper craft were retailer focused. If you use fabric this is a must go as there are loads of stalls, you just have to be aware of minimum order quantities which can be based on price and/or metres. It was useful to see the latest and up & coming trends. It is a free event so I will go to the Autumn Craft, Hobby & Stitch International at the ExCeL, with more focus of what I want to get out of the event.
Also in Feb, I have signed up for Basic Accounts, an online course to get my head around the numbers part of the business. This was a Groupon offer for £19 so it seemed silly not to do it. Hopefully a day will come when I can afford an accountant!
I feel like a proper entrepreneur now with visiting trade shows and doing accounts! I need to manage my time better to fit in more product development,maybe I should read my own post about time management!!
Before I go, did you know that March is National Craft Month?! To celebrate I will be teaching my husband paper craft and helping him to make his Mother's Day card! He has often said he isn't creative and couldn't do what I do. He is more scientific and mathematical (which will come in use when I need help with my accounts!) but I believe that anyone can enjoy craft!
Will you do anything to celebrate National Craft Month?