One day I was talking to The Dazzler about some ideas I had. I switched from the house, to holidays, to business ideas, the kids and then back to the house in one sentence. We have lived together for 8 years, you would think he should be used to me by now, but no. He looked at me like he might actually call the men in white suits and said ‘Stop, my brain can’t take all this in’. My response? ‘You should hear the rest of what’s in there’. Clearly this is a family problem, my sister commented on the need to download her brain the other day, it was so full. My favourite suggestion was to get an external hard-drive.
My current external hard-drive is the business. Typical Type has some new products, and many more waiting to find their way from my head to a real product, via The Dazzler. My new favourite products – The circus style letters, and Champagne Love, which will hang proudly in our lounge – or maybe kitchen, or even the dining room. I’m looking at lots of quotes – and rejecting many on the grounds that they are too twee, to make into wall plaques. New fonts are coming and, fingers crossed, some lit letters. A logo is within grabbing distance too.
So, now that business is ticking along, as well as DH Joinery I have my sights set on another idea. And yes, at least another couple are tucked away in there.
Oh, to be able to focus. I suspect I was a goldfish in a former life.
Whilst researching possible Christmas markets to attend and sell our products I found one at Stydd Gardens in Ribchester. We haven’t been before, so we decided to check it out, especially when we discovered they have a cafe.
What a lovely discovery. Ok, so it was a hotter than normal Sunday at the end of September and the place was very, very busy. Yes, we did have to wait for 45 minutes to get out food, but it was worth it. The restaurant is situated in the glass houses of Stydd Gardens – with vines dripping with grapes, passion flowers and the odd small ornament dotted around. The tables and chairs are miss-matched, but not in a contrived, mock-vintage way, but in a way that suggested they really had been collected as the place has grown in popularity. The waitresses were polite, efficient, friendly but never in our faces and the food was just lovely. At no point was there a sense of ‘we are busy and here is a pile of rubbish thrown on your plate’. Despite the pressure the kitchen was clearly under the food arrived beautifully presented, generous portions, fresh and tasting lovely.
We will be returning. Before the 7th of December, because I have a feeling we will be bombed out during the market if today is an indication to how popular this place is. Mx
I am not one for taking orders. The Dazzler – and all those who have tried before – will tell you that I am inclined to do the exact opposite of any order I’m given. Many a time my parents have told me I ‘like to make life hard for myself’, and don’t tell them, but they are right. Sometimes.
Funny how the first few orders for Typical Type haven’t had this effect. They have made me jump for joy and I can not wait to fulfil them. We want our customers to get the service we would expect. And trust me, we expect a lot.
Launching a new business has been more nerve-racking than I thought it might be. Just because we love our product doesn’t mean others would. What was once a tiny thought, a few pins on Pinterest and a handful of letters produced in the garage is now a reality. With no budget we launched. I won’t lie to you – we needed a second revenue and we thought about the things we could with all the things we already had. For once being married to a ‘gatherer’ had it’s benefits. We thought about what we would like to do and what we thought others might like and Typical Type was born. I am learning all of the time – WordPress, a website, a Facebook page, about markets as well as marketing. I have sent my self on a crash course – so far it has been two weeks and I have way too much to learn before I feel like I have stopped crashing!
Eventually we decided we had thought about it all too much. For years we have been talking about setting up a new business and putting it off. Funny what necessity will do. So we went for it. Initially we had quite a few enquiries and then suddenly all went quiet. We were worried – had we got it all wrong? Did others not like our work? Then this week we have taken our first orders. Some names, some letters and even one whilst I have written this. We have new products ready to launch any day now too. I am no fool, I know a few orders wont make us a fully fledged business, but I also know that getting these orders right will make all the difference to our future success.
This time I will be making life easy for myself and listening to those orders.