I asked Fiona to share her knowledge about using plants and herbs in skincare and how we can benefit from using natural ingredients.Read More
There are some people who hold their small business knowledge close to their chests, guarding their secrets and shrouding their work with mystery.Retail and wholesale expert Therese Ørtenblad is not one of them! Through her podcast Let’s Talk Shop she shares her wisdom…and for the season finale, guess who was interviewed?Read More
We are delighted to announce that Rebecca @ivypipandrose and us at Firain are opening our very first pop-up shop in our hometown of Criccieth!
Between Friday August 30th and Monday September 2nd, Rebecca and I will become #independentshopkeepers, sharing seasonal bouquets, floral design tips, gifts, homeware, locally roasted coffee and perhaps a glimpse of Ted, Rebecca’s adorable cockapoo…Read More
For the first time in my life, I am self-employed. I run Firain and I work as a freelance writer amongst other things. I am juggling like I have never juggled before and overall I love it.
In reality, the juggle can easily tip into feeling overwhelmed.
For me the question isn’t about my commitment to being self-employed; I actually can’t imagine being employed now. Instead, my research is around how to keep the balance in this new-ish life of mine. If you are thinking of being self-employed, you might find some practical suggestions here. If you are already self-employed, let me know in the comments what you do to stay in control. I have included my own tips toward the end, and I would love to know your thoughts.Read More
Since opening Firain in September 2017, quite a number of friends have asked me about the nitty gritty of setting up a small creative business and how to wholesale the things they make. I was interviewed about wholesale for Josephine Brooks’ podcast On the Make, but there is still so much that I don’t know about from this side of the table as an online shop owner.
A woman who does know the ins and outs of wholesale - and other ways of selling your products - is Therese Ørtenblad who runs her own consultancy Small Business Collaborative. She is one of the most approachable experts and I’m so excited that she is sharing her knowledge on the Firain journal. If you have a question that I didn’t ask Therese, please do ask it in the comments and we will do our best to answer!Read More