Welcome to another Small Business Update with Stevie Maiden from Maidens Fayre. We first met Stevie in June 2013, when she was busy running a small business Facebook group and building up her jams, chutneys and pickles business, and did an update in July 2014. In 2015 she was continuing to dream that small business dream of getting the work-life balance right: “This time next year I hope to be making more effective use of my time. Being your own boss IS fantastic, but it’s also completely exhausting. I also hope to be talking to you again!” So, let’s see how she’s getting on …
Hello, Stevie! Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
Well, I’m still going and I’m talking to you, so yes
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
I’m diversifying my range to see what products people prefer.
I still spend much too much time alone.
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
I have learned that its fine to have a core menu but expansion is essential.
I wish I’d known that not everyone who claims to be a friend has your best intentions at heart.
Any more hints and tips for people?
Keep your ideas close to your chest. It’s a jungle out there.
BONUS NEW QUESTION: What question would YOU like to ask other small business owners?
Do you feel supported in your endeavour?
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
I hope to be selling into more retail outlets and doing less standing in fields in the rain
Well, reading these answers makes me glad that I work in a corner of the world where cooperation is more important that competition – I know people with products rather than services to sell can really struggle with competition and copying, and I’d find that really difficult to cope with. I’m also glad that I only have to stand in fields in the rain on Saturdays when I volunteer at parkfun! I hope Stevie gets to stay under cover a bit more in the next year!
You can find Stevie online on the Maidens Fayre Facebook page and get in touch with her there.
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