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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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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

 

GET VISUAL. STAY FOCUSED

There will be a time in life where we all fall off our pathways, sometimes its actually necessary we do so! Sometimes we need to. Life is a journey so don’t panic if at some point you feel you’re not where you “should” be or “need” to be, just embrace that flippant and unexpected moment/block/time.

 Live in the moment and keep on smiling, as long as you’re happy you’re doing something right!!

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I see a lot of my friends stressed and upset because they’re unsure of the next step or where they’re heading or even feeling under pressure because its not what they had or anyone else had expected for them. Again dont panic, sit back and enjoy the ride. Life is a learning curve, and we’re here to enjoy ourselves, to experiences things and to make the most of it!

I felt a little lost a few years ago, nothing to work for because I had no clear image of what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be. Before I found the power to let go of this pressure, it was an awful time for me. I was stressed and ever so down, I felt left behind in comparison to my friends. But its not about anyone else, this is about your individual journey and what you can do with it.

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Travelling really helped me find myself…as cliche as that sounds.

“the world is a book and those who dont travel read only one page” – Augustine of Hippo

One of my favourite quotes!! The people, the places and the experiences. Travelling will always be a passion of mine and I advise anyone and everyone to get out there and find out things you never knew about yourself and the world around you!!

Anyhow. The point of this post is to assure you that its OKAY to go do things that may not have been on the agenda, that may not have been ‘Mummys’ and ‘Daddys’ expectations, or even your childhood dreams.
The worst thing you can do is feel alone, stressed and  feeling uneasy about the future.

Firstly, if needs be, go and find yourself! Go travel, take up a few crazy hobbies, do something you and no one else would expect you to! It may take a few weeks or a few years to realise what it is you would like to do. It certainly took me around 18 months to realise all I wanted to do was to help others achieve their goals both mentally and physically. And I had the time of my life doing it.

Secondly GET VISUAL.  write down your goals. Long term and short term, and then you have something to work for, something to get excited about.
This idea got thrown upon me by a good friend and its REALLY helped me, I wrote my very own Goals List 2 months ago and I must say most have already kicked off!! Wahoo.
I’d advise to write these goals with the words – I will
For example ;
I will have saved “x” amount of money by this time next year.
I will have travelled to “x” in january.
I will have got the job promotion

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Set your goals and get excited. Life is one big journey. Positive vibes. Positive life.

One of my many goals lists and my pin up vision WALL. Inspiration everywhere 🙌

For those who like to be a little creative, how about doing a Vision board!!!
Lets get back to the primary school days and get daft with the craft..
Im talking colours, cut outs, quotes, drawings, pin-ups. You name it, just board it!
Put your dreams and ambitions up on this magical board and keep re-visiting it.

 TO ACHIEVE IT, YOU MUST BELIEVE IT… now to believe it, YOU MUST SEE IT.

For anyone digging a little deeper, I would recommend reading the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Bryne. I also found this a huge help to me and my outlook on things, Keeps your mind focused and feeling positive and thats the one thing we all need to have in life. Postivity.

Much love, sending positive vibes your way X

Ps. I would love to see your vision boards!! Send me them through and be creative!!!

WAKE UP // SHAKE UP

Bonjour le monde!
The past few weeks I’ve had a fair few people asking me if I can put together a short FAT BURNING exercise routine for them. Potentially my readers too, would like to try out one I have devised. A pure beauty she is.
Now of course for some of you, you may require in depth one on one work  to reach your goals but for most this one off routine should help blast that unwanted fat – It’s more about how much YOU push YOURSELF.
The harder you go, the more you burn!

When wanting to burn fat, the best method to go with is HIIT as I explained in my “Morning Blast” post. A style of training called Tabata is something you should absorb, it is what I use for a lot of my own training.  Note it down and research it later.

Here goes a short devised fat burning beauty;

Firstly take note; we’ll be working at a 2;1 ratio. Working out for 20 seconds, and resting for 10. No more, no less… Aim to keep within the time frames.

WARM UP

March in place for 10 seconds after each warmup exercise.

Jumping Jacks
Duration: 20 seconds

Toy Soldier
Swing left leg and right arm to touch toes. Repeat on other side.
Duration: 20 sec.

Hackey Sack
Tap left ankle with right hand. Repeat on other side.
Duration: 20 sec.

High Knees 
Duration: 20 sec.

ROUND ONE-
Remember 2:1

Jump rope/Skipping rope  ( if no jump rope, use your imagination! )

rest

Burpees 

rest

Jumping squats

rest

Jumping jacks into squats

rest

Repeat all of above and move straight into –

ROUND TWO

Fast Feet – sprint on spot

rest

Pushup

rest

Quad Touch Jump Squats
Place hands on quads, jump and reach with hands to ceiling. Land in squat position.

rest

Mountain Climbers

rest

Repeat all of above and move straight into

ROUND THREE

Skaters

rest

T Jacks
Start with arms in a T. One touches the floor while the other is still out in a T.

Rest

Single Leg Burpees

Rest

Fast butt kicks

Rest

Repeat all of above and move straight into

ROUND FOUR abs-mazing

Plank Ups
From plank position, place right palm down, then left, to get in pushup position. Then, come back down onto forearms.

Rest

Bicycles

Rest

Supermans

Rest

Crunches

Rest…END

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HALLEJUAH. This style of workouts is SO effective when performed to our best ability! Only you can make a change to your body, only you can push yourself to the end! Make it happen. Why not start today?
Get off your bums and put your laptop down, go grab a big glass of water and sweat towel and jump into some comfy clothing. Whizz some pumping music on, and get to work.
20 seconds GOGOGO, 10 seconds rest.
Try this every morning before breakfast if possible and if the timings not all good for you in the morning then do this workout when you can fit it in EVERY DAY.. theres no excuses. You DONT need a lot of time for this and you DONT need a gym.
Give it 2 weeks maximum of doing this routine each morning and I promise you you’ll see and feel the difference phsically and mentally. Not only will fat be dripping off you, your cardio ability will actually improve!!

Double whammy, Enjoy and let me know how you get on!

Much love X