It’s been a little while since I have posted and for that I apologise.
I have recently had this really strong feeling that there is something I could be doing right now other than everything which currently occupies my time. I haven’t exactly discovered what that thing is yet but it has encouraged me to try a new approach to business.
So far I have managed to prioritise my time better so that I am more efficient and actually get things done instead of finding lots of other non-important things to do. (Which means that I finally did laundry and made a start on my Philosophy essay!)
Currently I’m writing the OFFICIAL mission statement for Sense Of Self as it’s one thing to have a really great idea and a fab ethos but the important thing is to have it written down and saved everywhere so that I can hand it out left, right and centre until people start taking notice!!
I even have an action plan that will take me right up to Christmas (oh goodness, it really IS that time already…) but then things will snowball into next year and maybe people will start to see a change in their every day lives.
Although I am getting good at posting really interesting things on the Facebook page so you should definitely check that out 🙂
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!
Today I was designing the t-shirts for my Sense Of Self Ambassadors (which are really awesome by the way!!!) and I was thinking about the fact that it is very nearly pre-launch party time which means it is also very nearly launch time too!
I’m pushing to launch Sense Of Self over the summer so that I can give my full attention to making sure everything runs smoothly and then can focus positively on University when I get there. My goal is to have Sense Of Self developing throughout my time as a student so that when I finish University I have a ready-made job and an ever growing business to support myself and avoid the panic of “I have a degree but there aren’t any jobs” and hopefully be able to offer jobs to others and build a Sense Of Self team.
But yeah today I remembered where the initial inspiration for Sense Of Self came from. It was because I always dreamed of being an art student and going to art school but then the closer I found myself towards the stage of my life where I had to make a decision, I realised that art is my hobby. Drawing is fun for me. I like to paint whatever inspiration throws at me. I do not enjoy being restricted and told what to do because creativity is a freedom and a form of expression and I wanted it to always stay that way for me. I want to feel like an art student without having the pressures of being an art student.
Back to business. My dream for Sense Of Self is that it will give others opportunities to find an idea that excites them and run with it. I want to show the world that you can absolutely live the life you always dreamed of. I want to start as an example of this and watch the world take notice.
Before I get carried away though we have the pre-launch party. Getting close, exciting!
Lots going on right now. I’m in the process of designing my website and it is looking awesome even if I do say so myself! Also, I have been offered a place to study at Edinburgh University! It’s to study Philosophy which I think would be really great for my personal development as well as be really inspiring in terms of designs. If nothing else, it’ll make me think. Thinking is good.
I’m starting to slowly get more likes on the Facebook page and it’s 10 away from the 100-likes milestone! I know you all have Facebook so I urge you to please please PLEASE go on and like it!! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sense-Of-Self/499034796884755 (if this link doesn’t work, copy and paste it into the search bar and that should do it- I’m not the most technical but I’m learning!)
Things are moving faster and faster and I quite possibly could be ready to launch Sense Of Self™ by the summer time which would be incredible!
Also the weather here in Scotland has been actually nice for the past couple of days. Sunshine with not even a hint of rain!!! Although it’s still cold of course. Lovely lovely.
So, get on Facebook, scream shout and tell all your friends and if you haven’t taken my super quick survey already- now is your chance 🙂 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PXFNZJJ
I am getting more and more excited about being a business-woman every day.
I have set myself a few little deadlines for things business related and otherwise. You see, today I discovered that I have been offered a place to study Psychology and Sociology at University! Which means… I would like to have Sense Of Self up and running before September-time as I think it might be a bit easier to run a business while studying and working, than to try and juggle a job, University and be trying to start up? I don’t know.
Honestly I feel as though all the safe bits about starting a business are kind-of pulling together and now is the time to be brave, be bold and take the plunge! (Which is so terrifying I have started doodling comic-strips and drawing what I think a jazz solo would look like…)
I have a couple of exciting meetings lined up for the start of next month and I’m still loving working at the gallery.