Posts tagged ‘mumpreneurs’

February 23, 2018

Networking

Was something I thought other people did. I didn’t think it was relevant to someone like me who spends 95% of her time on her own, in her own little woolly bubble.Processing wool is a lonesome profession and I’ve spent the last 8 years doing it. I’m not a hermit-don’t get me wrong-I was a member of various organisations which got me out meeting like minded people and enjoying social activities.

Last year I joined a local group of people who work from home not realising it was actually a networking group. I went for the coffee and the opportunity to chat to other humans who also spend a lot of time working on their own.

There I met Debra, Debra opened my eyes to other ‘networking’ possibilities. Being new to the area Debra needed to spread the word about what she did, I’ve been in the area for more than 10 years and everyone around here knows what I do, don’t they?

My neighbours know what I do, but realisitically does anyone else? So I started attending Mumpreneurs networking club. This week I visited Toast in Hove and Brighton BNI. Where will it lead ? If you are looking to make your business grow, then it’s up to you to reach out, spend some time and as much as you can afford to join some networking groups. Most importantly enjoy it!

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January 17, 2018

Whatever happened to 2017

It seems I’ve neglected to keep up with my posts this year. I won’t give away the ending before I’ve even started though, that really would ruin the surprise!

Processing wool is not an easy job and my body has suffered over the 7 years I’ve been doing it full time, after several de-nervations on my sacroliliac and another to look forward to in the new year, the doctor and I have an agreement that he does what he can to keep me working for the next 2 years.

I have also completely knackered my knees, so much so I have been unable to wash fleece for the past 3 months. I am hoping that with a good long rest things will have improved by the new year so I can get back to washing wool again. In the meantime I will be looking for someone to do a few hours work experience……..

2017 is the year I started networking which I have thoroughly enjoyed, I joined Mumpreneurs and have met some lovely people and had many opportunities offered to me. A dove release to remember my mum and dad was rather memorable.

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I have enjoyed a holiday in France with family, had a working holiday in Italy and a house sitting stint in Poole. Laterly I have been having weekends in Littlehampton but that story will follow shortly.

December 9th saw me organise the final Lewes Craft market of 2017 and my very last overall. 3 years was enough, it has been an experience and I’ve met some wonderful people and lots of new friends but it has taken me away from my first love, wool processing. Thankfully someone else will take it over next year so local makers and artists will continue to be able sell their wares direct to the public.

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My baking has gone down well at our local Country Market and more people are enjoying my gluten and dairy free bakes than ever.  I processed over 20K of Organic Seville oranges into marmalade and many kilos of local fruit in jam and jelly.

Still single but hope it’s not forever, there’s a man out there somewhere who needs me!