So today I moved into my flat for University and all my flatmates seem absolutely lovely. I am really excited to settle in properly and get to know new people.
I now have an official ‘Sense Of Self’ drawer under my new desk where I can keep all my wristbands, business cards, bank statements and other business paraphernalia together and in one place. Magic.
I will be updating all the Sense Of Self social media pages and keeping a close watch on the website and also any orders in between exploring more of the city and having a wild-but-not-too-wild time!
I’m now also beginning to focus more on the speaking and workshop side of business so if you think your school assembly needs spiced up or equally if you are a teacher and think your class could use a little extra encouragement and motivation then I actively encourage you to PLEASE get in touch via the website- http://www.sense-of-self.co.uk – as there is a special page for any questions or comments. (I’d love to hear from you)
Hope everyone is having a brilliant weekend 🙂
In regards to the light-hearted jibe I made about bank policy preventing me from having a debit card to my own business account, I have stumbled across yet another frustrating hurdle for us young entrepreneurs. (I say stumbled across but really I mean it just slapped me right in the inbox… ouch!)
So I have designed my own website, learned how to link my own domain name and pretty much organised everything. Then I created a nice shop to link to my website so that people browsing who think, “Hey this is great, I want to be a part of this too!” are able to click on it and have a look at the designs that I created on the t-shirts I had printed and order one! All fine and well. I linked it up and added colours to the shop dashboard and announced it to a couple of family and friends to test out the order process for me. I subsequently discover that my account has been deactivated and in order for me to be allowed to use it, my Dad has to email their support centre with proof of his identification and give me permission to use the site because once again I have to be 18 years old to accept payments.
The closer I get to having a functioning business, the more difficult it is becoming. It is literally less than three weeks until my birthday which means it is just over a month until I start University and I had promised myself that I’d have had Sense Of Self up and running so that I didn’t get any nasty surprises with things not going to plan while I was trying to hold down a part time job and settle into a student flat and begin a new chapter of my life.
On that note, when you order a t-shirt once I am able to release the web-address then if your bill has “Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Ian Thomson” along the bottom, please just laugh.
Thank-you for your continued support!
Hello again everyone!
I apologise for 1) sporadic posting and 2) lack of posting. Things are busy in a really good way right now. Tomorrow the show run starts for Phantom Of The Opera and I will be in the orchestra pit with my violin for the rest of the week (after work of course.)
Also I have ordered 100 t-shirts which are due to be printed any day now. Great stuff.
Everything seems on track for the website and I have 300 wristbands to give away so look out for me over the festival period in Edinburgh…
I will get into a routine soon I promise, then you won’t have to guess whether I have posted something although I’m sure you all read this blog every day just in case!
Power on through ’till Friday 🙂
This photo was taken at the pre-launch party which again, was absolutely awesome. Sense Of Self was given a whole page of the Dunfermline Press yesterday!! A WHOLE PAGE!
I am thrilled that they used a photo which included all of the amazing young people who represent Sense Of Self as ambassadors.
The cheque has also been put into the bank so now begins a new chapter of the journey.
IT’S SHOW TIME
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you all that I am (very ambitiously) hoping to host a kick-off event for Sense Of Self™ at the end of this month. The purpose will be to gather together a group of people who are willing to be ambassadors for Sense Of Self™ and also to celebrate the journey so far and hype up the excitement for the amazing things to come!
I am struggling to believe that it is already almost the middle of May. I keep setting myself deadlines for things then feign surprise when they creep up on me. There are only a handful of deadlines that I absolutely have to stick to no matter what as the rest are able to be pushed a little but I hope to stick to them anyway. My essential dates are May/June for a kick-off event, July (at the latest by the 15th approximately) to officially launch Sense Of Self™ and then I would have an official official launch party sometime in August! That may sound odd but my idea behind that is to have already successfully received and delivered orders so that we are celebrating the launch of a trading business (and so that it will be almost my birthday and I can have champagne…)
Before any of this though, it would be amazing to have more of a presence on Facebook and twitter. Ideally 500 likes/followers would rock so lets try and make that happen? I post really cool things 🙂
Sorry for the lack of posting, things have been getting really busy for me recently. It’s great! I have designed a logo and it is based on the cirlce of infinite possibilities. I have designated a meaning for each arrow too so that my logo has a personal meaning for me but also so that I have a cool story to tell people if they ask about the logo. People love stories. I think it’s lovely and I will post a picture as soon as I have a final design because it’s one thing having a great idea and some rough sketches but it’s another thing to actually make it appear on paper the way i see it in my imagination… BUT I love to draw so all should be fine.
I’m looking into getting some t-shirts printed with a kind of promotional design to get people talking about what I’m doing so that there is a buzz of excitement and energy in time for the website to be launched and subsequently, THE BUSINESS!
I hope to drive you all to pay more attention to my facebook page too.. *hint hint*
Cheers for now, busy busy busy!
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