The Linen Garden ~ Mentoring Sessions
Setting up a business and running a business can be overwhelming at times. We strive to be good at 'it all' from designing, making, marketing, accounts, sales and most of us have to balance this with family life too. Whether you need just a day to discuss and establish ideas or require a series of mentoring sessions for business development then please feel free to contact me to discuss requirements further.
I have worked as a designer and maker and taught to degree level with design for the last 25 years ~ embedded within this journey is the experience of the following:
Working as a freelance surface designer.
A maker of textile and paper based products.
A manufacturer selling to galleries, lifestyle and high street stores.
Researched and collated magazine editorials.
Contributed to business and design based books.
Worked creatively within the wedding, greetings and interiors industry.
Experienced selling at trade fairs as well as appropriate stand design and styling.
Worked in-house on online store development.
Business mentored for start-ups and established businesses.
Knowledge and daily use of social media to build a close community of followers.
Currently run my own business The Linen Garden and own a partnership business A Still Life Workshops and Events.
A two or four hour mentoring session is available (depending on individual requirements). All you have to do is establish what you require and wish to develop and discuss (as a starting point). You may find the list below helpful or you may already have a particular area of interest established. The mentoring session can take place via Skype or a visit to my home studio. A particular date and time can be arranged after booking to suit you and I am happy to hold Skype sessions on an evening.
Initial business direction - general 'start-up' ideas/products development.
Business branding - colour/identity/theme/stationery/logo
Developing a business as a Designer Maker
Business branding ~ styling/packaging/the personal touch
Selling platforms ~ on-line/retail fairs/trade fairs
Marketing ~ local/regional/national
Please note that the four hour initial session includes at least one hour background research on your business ~ once you have purchased your session I will send you a short form to complete so that I can do a little background research on your business or line of business.
The studio is based in Redcar, Cleveland (uk) ~ (the last northern county of North Yorkshire) ... postcode TS10 2ES. Nearest train station is Redcar East (then a 10 min walk from here to my home studio).
An arranged meeting place can be an option for longer hours to 'your' home or studio or place of choice but please note that travelling expenses will need to be quoted at a set charged rate.