As a photographer, I am always shooting for Ecom companies, and my dream was to start my own... but where do you start when you're a self employed photographer?? I had no clue, I had and still don't have no investment, and I had just £1200 in savings!
So in 2018 I used the last of my savings to start a bikini business, back then products seem to be a lot cheaper to buy, and I invested that money in paying for 3 flights for 3 gorgeous models to join me in Ibiza to shoot the campaign video, since then every time I have made a couple of sales, I have simply re-spent every penny that came into the business on buying more stock, huge ECOMS are lucky to buy in Huge quantities so can buy for as little as £2 an item, smaller companies like us, have to spend £18 on that same item, to sell for perhaps £25, so whilst we do not want to inflate prices to then offer huge % off, we would rather offer fair and easy affordable pricing with the occasional offer. Yes we understand everyone buys into offers, but we also know that a vast majority of shoppers are savvy enough to know BIG% means companies are already over charging.
2018-2020 - Having undergone IVF thanks to the NHS I now have my little Joseph, named after my very recently departed Grandad, who taught me everything I know today. During pregnancy I decided to sell Love My Be, and amazingly had some great offers, however I just could not do it, I had invested too much into the brand, and it was heart felt, it was more to me than just an online shop, I wanted to make something of it.
So I decided to take up teaching, working with some of the most incredible young adults I know, developing learning skills and social skills, it really is so rewarding, and every penny I earned from working within the learning difficulties sector I put into the business, anyone who works in support will tell you, its not much money, but that extra day a week helped me, meet some incredible people, who like my son, drive me to get the best out of life.
2020, I launched a Model Competition and the money you guys spent entering that by buying products has helped me invest in clothing, it may only be a small range but I hope you all like enough to buy more..
So thank you to every single beautiful customer out there, I thank you so much, and although we are in baby steps lets hope it continues to grow, small ecoms and start ups really do see you as more than just an order number.. and we need all the help we can get.. so Thank you from the bottom of my heart