My first year in business

This year has marked my first full year as a self employed person and owner of The Button Shed. I left my well-paid ‘proper job’ last September to embark on this new journey. It has been stressful, worrying at times, mainly fun but most of all it has meant that I have been able to spend quality time with my family, which, after all, is what is important. We have also been able to adopt two new additions to our family now we both work from home.

My beautiful dogs!

How have I done it?

I have been lucky enough to be able to match my previous income, supplementing this by completing exam marking during the summer. This has been largely due to learning how to market my business correctly; I invested in the Girls mean Business, Awesome 2018 marketing planner last December after identifying that I needed to get up to speed, fast, on how to get my name out there. I chose this particular planner because, as well as receiving a physical planner and a wall planner,  it also came with monthly support bundles/emails/courses to keep me on track as well as membership of a supportive Facebook group.

My Planner and how it has helped me

The planner package has been worth its weight in gold to me and the Facebook group has allowed me to connect with other small business owners to access some of the additional support I have needed. For example, this year, I have built two fully functional e-commerce sites for my business with help from a connection I made in this group (This has saved me thousands of pounds and I have also learnt a new skill!). If you want any further information about how I have built my websites, please get in touch.

Plans for the future

I have recently opened my second e-commerce shop, The Button Shed Gifts; My own little online handmade jewellery and gift shop (I love it so much). I am hoping to continue growing both these businesses throughout 2019, so I have recently purchased the 2019 Awesome marketing planner. I have also become an affiliate for the planner because I really believe it can help others like it has helped me. You can have a look at the planner here  to find out more and should you decide it is for you, I get a little bonus too :). Ive added a picture of mine below sitting on the beautiful pink envelope it arrived in.

My new planner!

Lesley xx