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Thoughtful Tuesdays : Business Start-Ups

So, for those of you that follow me, I want to apologise for not being 100% real about me and my business journey.

I’m a huge one for keeping up with the optimism and the positive air, even though sometimes I am extremely stressed and uncertain on things.  And the reason I’m being open with this, is that it dawned on me today, when I left my accountants – he’s literally my ‘Ask Jeeves’  – that there are so many of you out there also running your own businesses, or trying to set them up, that are also in the same rollercoaster of a boat. (Sounds more like the log flume but you get the picture).

I want to try and relate and also get some comfort from those who are on the ‘log flume’ journey, knowing that we are in it together.

No one tells you how hard it is; how you suddenly should know everything. Because honestly I have to play about 25 different job roles within my business and, holy moly, I do it quite well but it’s definitely not always a smooth ride.

I encourage, and will always do so, for everyone to follow their dreams and do what they love but I have to be real and say being an “entrepreneur” is probably the hardest career to go down. Definitely the most rewarding but the most challenging.

Key factors to consider or things to have when opening your own business, and ways around them if you don’t:

Contacts
Some of you may be lucky that we are already surrounded by people who can help benefit our brands and businesses, and if so, GREAT, use them!

Regardless if you know them, and it may be feel awkward, asking for help or for insight when it’s for free should be the first thing on your list to do. And if you don’t… well, NETWORK! There are SO many networking events out there. Get your best clothes on, jazz yourself up and go and talk to complete strangers, because honestly it’s done wonders for me. www.eventbrite.co.uk

Finance
So this is sometimes a tricky one. I started my own by initially working and saving, working and saving and working and saving! Then I put that money into the start of this business. Having started and shown promise, I was then lucky to have some help from family to help me progress further!

So if you know someone who can help then great! If not, there are plenty of options – crowdfunding, bank loans, government grants and more. Or work and save as I did. All the options are out there.

The right attitude
Working for yourself can be challenging, SO CHALLENGING, so make sure you REALLY want to achieve your goal. Badly! I’m lucky that I’ve always been that annoying 5.45 am riser, bouncing full of energy, ready to take on the day. But, truth be told, I’m also very disorganised, so it took me a while to really get into a routine for working. You have got to want it to work because if you don’t put 100% effort in… then who will?

And for those of you that are a total whizz at everything with the contacts, the funding and the right attitude, then go be fabulous my friend! But what I’ve learnt is that sometimes it isn’t always possible to have all of those key things.

It’s weird to call myself an entrepreneur because when I started, I was just simply ‘Evie’, creating some cool stuff in the kitchen and selling them! I liked to think of myself more as a creative. It is only until now that I’m trying to grow my business (and oh it’s growing), and since going to E-Spark in Manchester (business accelerator), that I’ve realised that I AM an entrepreneur …and really I need to start acting like one.

Cue briefcase and blazer!

Just kidding. But honestly, it does mean that I have to play the parts of roles that, really, I know nothing about. It means that things are going to get tricky and I can’t just stick to the parts I love. And finally, it means that your motivation and attitude needs to be on fire.

I’m currently reading a book called ‘Create Special’ by Jim Duffey, which I won by the way for presenting the best Pitch in a small competition (smug Evie). And it is amazing! I highly recommend you read it as it’s already providing me with even more motivation.

Enough from me now,

Much love

Evie Xx

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SMOOTHIE OF THE WEEK

Hello friends and followers,
I hope you’re all doing well and the happiest one can be.
I have a smoothie to share with you all that is just…divine.

I wish I could keep it a secret to myself but at this moment in time I’m bursting with energy and love and I must share it amongst those who love their greens and goodness.

PROTEIN MINT BLISS

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One whole coconut (obviously we’re not using the shell!)
3 frozen Bananas
1/2 tsp of spirulina
1 scoop (24 grams) of vanilla pea protein
1 dash of peppermint essence

Whizz this concoction together in a blender until ingredients are all combined and the mixture is of a nice smoothie-like consistency. Pour this mint-full beauty into you’re nearest glass or jam jar (if you’re that kind of person) and enjoy!
It’s probably the most delicious smoothie I’ve ever come across and a perfect post-workout meal especially when you’re not exactly feeling you can stomach a big meal just yet.

Please, give it a go! You wont be disappointed.
Let me know your thoughts.

Much love friends of the world

Evie X

 

TOP TIPS TO KEEP HEALTHY WITH A BUSY LIFESTYLE

TOP TIPS TO KEEP HEALTHY FOR A BUSY LIKE YOURSELF

The biggest question / advice that I get asked for is:
“ How do you live such a busy lifestyle with business and social but still keep healthy”.

It’s not as hard as one would think, BUT it does requires determination, time management and passion.
Don’t get me wrong though, I probably push myself too much, trying to fit in SO many things into one day and then also workout, I am rather tired most of the time but my passion for what I’m doing gives me that energy that I need to run out on those long days. This is what you need to remember too!

Before I started my business, I was gyming once or twice a day, practicing a lot of yoga, eating very freely and healthily because I had the time to use. However, when I started this calm and Evie free world I was living, suddenly came to a crashing holt. I struggled massively. To fit in my workouts around my busy day. To eat healthily as I was forever working. To get some down time for brain space. Yep. Evie was on the road to increased weight and wrinkle overload.
It took time and it’ll time for you, to find your feet and get back into a routine. Whether that may be a longer daily routine.

Now …*sigh* … Get out your rulers Ladies and gents because you’re about to enlarge your day-to-day planners.

Tip 1) Get up earlier. I get up every day at 5.30/5.45 to fit in going to the gym. This means I am out and at work for 7.15/7.30 to start my day of craziness.
I’m guessing the general internal response to my 5.30 wake up, is “ew”… am I right? But honestly, I’ve never felt so good. It means I have WAY more time in the day to do my work and then actually go and give my head a break and meet a friend for a well-deserved coffee.
Also, it helps, to get it done in the morning and then voila you’re dreading it throughout the day or too tired to train when it hits night time.

 

Tip 2) Plan your schedule. Quite recently, I’ve started planning my weekly workouts. So, every Sunday, I’ll sit down for 15 minutes and schedule in my workouts for the week. This includes booking onto classes.
This week, my workout schedule looks like this:
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Sounds a little lame I know, but sometimes, don’t you ever feel a little tired of having to think? Well… this helps massively.

Tip 3) Do not leave yourself too hungry that you end up craving sugar and then splurging crap.
This is my biggest downfall. I’m lucky that I actually ENJOY eating healthy wholesome foods, and I can (usually) walk past the sweets isle without a blink of an eye. However, sometimes when I’m running around like a mad woman from the crack of dawn… I tend to forget to eat. This means that eventually when I do finish up for the day, my hunger pangs kick in and I’m craving anything quick and fast for a boost of energy.
I usually make sure I have a huge salad at lunch time which keeps me going till I end up home.

Tip 4) Schedule some YOU time. 
This means physically writing in : ‘ hour to myself ‘ into your day-to-day schedule. This could be as small as a half an hour lunch break, (taking no phone calls) or a whole day at the weekend where you spend all day doing what YOU want. For me, working out is massively important and I always schedule that and at least an afternoon off at the weekend. I also try to keep an hour in the evening solely to myself with no contact with anyone else. Watching a lame programme or reading a book. It’s good to switch off and very beneficial so you don’t burn out.

Hope you found these useful!

Any questions, please email me on evie@rawbakestation.co.uk

Much love

Evie X

Things I learnt from doing a Food Show

Well hello again,

It’s been a short while since I last posted… as you may know ( or not ) , I attended the free from and allergy show at the Olympia exhibition hall in Kensington, London. Yeah.. I know, big scale things and a long way for little me, BUT I did it! and that’s what has been consuming all my time and energy the last few weeks.
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SO… from this, I wanted to share with you my own experience and what I have taken from doing this.

Firstly, to enjoy every minute. I found I was on a rollercoaster of emotions, as I was running on little to no sleep for the first 2 days of setting up and the first show day… I know. However, I was unbelievably lucky to have my partner in crime helping my for the whole weekend who handled my crazy soul for a whole 5 days, very well. A big thank you again, I couldn’t have done it without.
Once I learnt to let go and just be in the moment rather than worrying if everything was perfect or tasting perfectly, I absolutely loved it. After all, I do love talking…

Secondly, for a food product, packaging is key! I learnt a lot from the friends we made at the show, whether that be customers or other stand holders. Packaging is the main attraction. Unfortunately, you could have a fantastic product but in poorly presented packaging and you’d get nowhere near as far and as fast as if you had eye catching packaging. SO… for me, this is the next step for Raw Bake Station. I hear pouches are the way forward..
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Thirdly, to keep in contact with all the people that you met, again whether that be buyers, consumers or stall holders. Everyone of them will have a purpose and help to flourish your business, especially stall holders. Making friends with people there wasn’t hard, especially when every morning we were both bouncing on in, with a smile on our faces and being (probably annoyingly) energetic as always. These wonderful people are what made the long days so much easier, but not only that, they also gave me some comfort in knowing that I wasn’t alone in all the struggles of starting a business. It’s  so easy to look at someone else’s business or another company and think they’re getting it all right and you’re not. At the end of the day, everyone’s on the same journey, we all have our hurdles and our peaks. Take note of other peoples advice and share your own too. It’s nice to be nice.
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Lastly, to focus on the bigger things than on the smaller things. Moving forward, my main aim of the game is to sort my packaging out and work out a stronger plan. Watch this space!

I’d highly recommend anyone who is in the food world, to get yourselves onto a food show. The contacts, the experience and the future business you create makes it all worth while.

Any questions please feel free to email me !

Much love

Evie X