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 🙂
I have just returned home after spending a week in Cambridge as a participant on a Transformational Leadership programme. It was run by ‘The Change’ and let me tell you they absolutely changed my life. I arrived with no expectations as I really couldn’t imagine what it would be like, where we would be living or even what kind of things we would be doing.
We were staying in Burwell House and it was like a big old fashioned home with massive grounds. A proper retreat. Around forty people arrived and we all ate together and helped prepare meals and clear u. It was like a big family. The activities and learning sessions really tore apart everything I thought I knew about myself and helped me to discover who I truly wanted to be. My descriptions don’t do it justice but I would urge everybody to check out their website and like them on Facebook and if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to participate in one of their courses or volunteer with them then do it!!!
I actually spent my 18th birthday learning how to be more mindful and aware of myself while also finding the confidence to believe in the power of my intentions. If I bring out my violin with the intention to make people happy by playing music, a few bum-notes should not discourage me from that.
Now that I am 18 I can celebrate with champagne as my Sense Of Self sales appear into MY bank account and not my Dad’s.
After a week of spiritual learning I feel fully equipped to change the world and believe in my business!
Make sure to check out the website tomorrow to find out what September’s quote of the month will be…
I sold something! I am now in business officially! I am a businesswoman! ( http://www.sense-of-self.co.uk ) However, I have also been tied to my couch with glandular fever. The doctor laughed and said it would be optimistic to suggest that I would be back to normal this side of Christmas. This horrified me for two reasons. One: I am terrible at resting or taking it easy. I like to be busy and do a lot of things and feel productive. I have energy. Two: what do you mean Christmas? I have lots of plans and I’m still in denial about how quickly 2014 has passed. Unbelievable. Also it’s going to be my birthday this Sunday (that’s the 24th so don’t forget) and I had wanted to celebrate, not flop like a wet cloth and “take it easy” !!!
On the other hand, I have an amazing opportunity to be part of The Change Leadership Foundation who are running a week’s residential in Cambridge and it’s about self development and inspiring others and changing the world. This means that instead of being a wild party animal and painting the town all shades of red, I will be celebrating my 18th birthday probably on top of a nice hill eating something healthy and singing. (Not an assumption, I read the itinerary!) Slight exaggeration maybe. I’m really looking forward to it though and I plan to keep a journal of the week so that even if I don’t take it all in at once, I can read it all again until I do.
Also, please send sympathy cupcakes with strawberries on top. Send 18 if you can… 🙂
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!
As a young entrepreneur I have found that the amount of help available is astounding. People want to help and support youngsters and encourage a ‘new wave’ of entrepreneurs. The journey I have been on has been a relatively smooth one and any issues or difficulties have been quickly overcome. However, as I am 17 I find that when it comes to spending/receiving money I am stuck. I was given a very generous amount of money as part of the Young Entrepreneur prize back in 2012 and have since opened my business bank account. This has not been a problem. I have been able to pay for things and really move towards officially launching a live website and selling designs. Although so far I’ve had to use my own personal account to pay for things and then write a cheque from my business account back into my own as the bank policy is that I cannot have a business debit card until I am 18 years old. (Which is less than a month away from now, but still…)
I am a young entrepreneur and a soon to be business owner, yet I have to write cheques to pay for things. I can use the internet of course, with services like Paypal etc… but wait, I have to be 18 to have a business Paypal account and supply them with the card details anyway! I am finding it increasingly awkward and difficult to get anything done without making the accounts look suspiciously messy with many payments to myself.
I think it is amazing that we have so much available for young people and for budding entrepreneurs of all ages yet when it comes down to the fine details everything begins to get tricky. I can understand there are policies and that rules can’t just be changed for one person but I truly believe that there is about to be a surge of young entrepreneurs and that there should probably be something done about this so that we are able to run a business in our own names and with our own bank accounts. The more we encourage young people to start up in business then the sooner this will be addressed I hope.
Do not fear, I will have my website up and running soon and will do my best to keep my books as tidy as possible until my birthday when I can finally receive a debit card and run my business properly!
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.