What’s your name? Lisa Norbury
How many children and how old are they? I have 2 children aged 15 and 13
What is the name of your business? LisaJayne
I make home accessories from recycled materials and also source vintage style products that I would love to have in my home. The business started in November 2011 which was, in the end I felt a good time to start as people wanted gifts for Christmas. It was a real confidence boost as LisaJayne did really well during that period.
What was the inspiration behind your business?
I studied textiles alongside my teaching degree but have always made and admired a wide range of arts and crafts and after many years pondering about it finally put my ideas into action. My first love is designing and making but it is also rewarding sourcing that unique product for LisaJayne. Now that my children are older I have less distractions so more time to put into the business.
1.Being your own boss is brilliant but you do have to be strict with yourself
2. I get such a buzz from doing something that I love
3. Meeting and chatting to new people at fairs and on networking sites is lovely
It isn’t a 9 – 5 job and at times I work very late making orders
I get such a buzz just thinking about LisaJayne that even during quiet times I still feel very motivated. There is still plenty to be getting on with. LisaJayne is still very new so there is lots of marketing to be getting on with as well as designing and making.
Would you change anything you’ve done in building and developing your business?
I perhaps would have made sure every avenue had been looked into before launching LisaJayne as I am still sorting out some aspects of the business now but I so wanted people to see my products I couldn’t wait.
Don’t hold back like I did. If you have an idea that excites you go for it. What have you got to loose?
Be patient. Things don’t happen over night. I am realistic (even though I desperately want LisaJayne to be successful) I know it takes time and effort to build up a business.
Thanks so much to Lisa for sharing her experiences with us. I wish you all the best for the future Lisa (and I’m loving the children’s door hangers!).
To check out more of Lisa’s products go to her website www.lisajayne.org.uk.