My name is Sarah I’m 29 and I run www.newtoyouclothing.co.uk it specialises in preloved clothes and accessories for the whole family.
I started selling preloved clothes and Clemson accessories some 7 years ago when my daughter was a tiny baby. As a single parent, I find it tough. I was selling her small things to buy the next size up!
I went back to work as a nurse for a short time but the shifts soon took their toll and I found it very hard to juggle the childminder the dedication my job required looking after the house and enjoying my baby. I stopped work with the view to an admin post. That didn’t quite work as I anticipated I couldn’t find a job!
Some friends helped out and word had got round that I’d got the hang of this online auction malarky so I was selling for all and sundry, I took a plunge of buying a job lot of stuff and the risk paid off. All funding has come from the return I’ve made on a sale. I’ve never used credit for stock.
I decided that for a tide over I could sell some bits be self employed until my dream job appeared….
So having done NO research I plunged into the depths of how to set up and run a business on the fly.
Things evolved from NCT sales to online auction sites to having my own website.
Soon I learnt quite a few lessons – the hardest thing was that you do get peaks and troughs and you have to make allowances for that.
Time has gone on and things have naturally become more polished I now have stock control regular suppliers and a daily regime. In between I met my new partner and had a son in 2008 and we are expecting another child in early August so sometimes things can get pretty busy! We both run our own businesses so we can work with and around each other’s needs we take lots of things in turns school runs cooking and house work.
So we get the best of both worlds I am there for all the school runs and the plays etc and the fun of a toddler running round…
It all works very well – some days are harder than others but I found my dream job!
My Website: www.newtoyouclothing.co.uk
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