The eclactic nature of being an Entrepreneur
Gosh I love running my own business! No two days are the same, things happen that you don’t expect, sometimes wonderful surprises, sometimes issues that need sorting immediately! Life is never dull that’s for sure. Corporate life had a pattern of regularity [team meetings, forecasting deadlines, reporting, appraisals etc], whereas a start-up business has none of that – and I am LOVING it! I relish the variety, and find it really engergising.
First stop was to drop some stock off at Elveden Estate for their shop – they had had a blitz over the weekend and were completely out of stock. I arrived just before the store opened up for the day, so lent a helping hand and stocked the fridge back up before they opened the doors. Quick chat with Richard, the store manager and then back in the car.
I then headed to the warehouse! One of my wholesalers had ordered a pallet [c1,500 bottles], so I configured the pallet, wrapped it and made sure it was ready for the haulier to collect. I then sorted out the bottles that I need to take with me to Aldeburgh Food Festival at the weekend. Last year I ran out of Ginger Beer with Chilli, so had to make sure that I have enough this time – I would never be forgiven otherwise!
Hawking boxes around is pretty heavy work, so it was a quick change into something a little smarter and head to Broom Hall Hotel. Wayland Women in Business are a local business womens club that meet quarterly and this months speaker was….me! I talked about the Breckland Orchard story – how and why I started the business, some of the learnings along the way, and the future. I think it went down well(!) and I got lots of questions at the end. Claire, Ann and Jane run Wayland Women in Business, and do a fantastic job, and I got a real surprise at the end when they presented me with a bouquet of flowers to say thank you [ahhh!]. Lunch was delicious [as ever from Broom Hall] and I had a good catch up with friends – especially Angela from Artisans-UK and Suzie from Handmade from the Heart.
Then a quick whizz home and back into ‘mummy-mode’ – my son has just started school and I am working shorter days in September whilst he settles in. So a bit of cooking, and helping him with his phonics – he’s doing ‘a’ this week [it was 's' last week!].
How crazy is that…….humping boxes around all morning, speaking at lunchtime and then back to the most important job of all……..being a mum!
Like I said, its the variety that I love……….tomorrow? ooh that’s a whole new chapter and a whole new day!