Welcome to another small business chat update. A quick admin note before we get started – you may be surprised to be reading this on a Monday if you’re one of my large band of online subscribers. I’ve had such a good response to my requests for update posts since the lapse through June that I’m having to double up for a bit! So for the next few weeks, you’ll be reading about a new interviewee on the Saturday and an update on the next Monday. Then we’ll be back to one a week in mid-August. More fun and information!
Anyway, today I’m pleased to welcome Samantha Higgs back to the series. I first chatted to Sam back in April 2013 and when I asked where she wanted to be by now, she replied, “I’d like to be selling more via the internet – especially through my new website – and craft fairs, and also perhaps have an exhibition or two of my work.” Well, Samantha’s had some interesting twists and turns in her career, taking up a new area of photography in the past year that she wasn’t expecting to do so much of. It’s great to embrace these changes, though, as long as you keep checking that the new area is something that you want to do and is doing well for your business as a whole (much like when I started being a transcriber or doing localising).
Hello, Samantha! Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
Some things are as I expected; some are different. I’ve been photographing more parties and private functions than I’d expected and I haven’t yet done the craft fairs, although I have my first one coming up in December. I am also getting ready for an exhibition in Berlin next May, which is very exciting.
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
Photographing parties and private functions wasn’t something I’d expected to do but I’ve really enjoyed it. Capturing people and atmosphere is fun. Selling prints through my website and other internet galleries has stayed the same, and I still enjoy the creative art work side.
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
I think probably I’ve learned more in the events side of things than in my exhibition work. Most of what I’ve learned has been about dealing with people.
Any more hints and tips for people?
Don’t be thrown off when things take an unexpected turn. Just go for it!
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
In a year I’m hoping I will have just had my Berlin exhibition, where I’m expecting to learn a whole load of new things very quickly.
Big things are happening for Sam, then, and we wish her lots of luck with both her first craft fair and her exhibition in Berlin – how exciting!
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