Name of Business: Brighter Blessings
Tell us about your family: My name is Amy Warburton, and I am 34 years old. I live with my husband Paul, and my two children, Ben aged 12 and Charlie aged 6. We live in a small market town in Lancashire, and are lucky enough to be surround by farmland and woodland, making it a very peaceful setting and lovely place to live.
When did you launch? Brighter Blessings launched in 2003
How did you go about getting started? My business grew from my interests. After a protracted period of ill-health I was thoroughly bored and frustrated. Because I was physically limited, I fused my interests in aromatherapy and herbal medicine with my love of candles. Added to that was my lifestyle, being eco-friendly and endeavouring to use only natural, non-harmful products myself. Gradually Brighter Blessings evolved from being something I did for myself, to gifts for friends and family, to being a fully-fledged Internet based business.
What has worked well about your business? I think the best thing about my business is that it has rarely interfered with our family life. Because I am self-employed and am based in a large workshop at home I am always there for my children.
What has been your biggest challenge so far? How have you dealt with it? My biggest challenge was the first Christmas that Brighter Blessings really took off. I was suddenly bombarded with orders after being featured in the press. There is only so much one woman can do, so whilst I concentrated on the manufacturing side of the business, I brought in people to help with the administration and packaging side of things. It was a shock to say the least, although a pleasant one.
How do you fit in work with the family? I tend to work during school hours, and then collect the children, and I am then with them until bedtime. At busy times of the year I am then back in the workshop, otherwise I catch up on the paperwork in my office.
What advice would you give to someone else wanting to work in this area? My advice would be to always be prepared. Plan in advance for everything you want to achieve in the coming year, at least six months in advance. I plan for our Christmas products in early summer, and calculate what stock I will need so I can begin producing as early as possible. I would say that this is also very pertinent for all of your advertising and promotional pieces. Also, sometimes you have have to say no to certain things. I found this very difficult at first, but there is only so much you can do, and I never wanted what I did to be to the detriment of my family.
Your website link. www.brighterblessings.co.uk. Last date for orders is 19.12.08