Tell us about your family: Married with three children, expecting a fourth child.
What did you do before coming up with your business idea and how was it making the transition?
I moved to the Shetland Islands after my husband and I were married. After I had my first two boys I wanted to get to know more people, and to supplement the family income. But crucially, I also wanted to do something that I would enjoy. The flexibility of Stampin’ Up! means that fitting my business around family life is easy.
When did you launch? I joined Stampin’ Up! UK in 2008
How did you get started? I bought a craft magazine and it had a Stampin’ Up! catalogue included. I was immediately taken with the human contact element of Stampin’ Up!; the idea of sharing creativity with other people through parties and workshops really appealed, so I joined as an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.
Being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator has given me some fantastic experiences. I’ve met so many amazing people, and not just in my local area but from all over the world. I have also been lucky enough to qualify for the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip which rewards top achievers. Just a few weeks ago I went on a Caribbean cruise.
What’s the thing you least enjoy about running your own business?
Sometimes I feel (a little) guilty being in my craft room ‘working’ because it’s so enjoyable. I also struggle to pull myself away at times. Running your own business requires discipline to give it time and also to know when to leave it and go and make dinner!
What has worked well about your business? I’m about to have my fourth child so I’m scaling my work outside the home down a bit at the moment, and concentrating on building my business online. It’s great to have that flexibility.
I started to build my business slowly; fitting it around caring for my children. Then, not long after I joined, I attended the Stampin’ Up! Convention in London, which was a gathering of demonstrators from all over Europe. I was so inspired by the amazing work all these wonderful women were doing. I realised that by focusing my efforts my business could be so much more successful. In the next 3 years I’d recruited 45 people! It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to pass on knowledge and ideas to others. My team has become like family.
How do you fit in work with the family? Is your partner supportive of your business?
One of the best things about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is the flexibility. Because I’m independent I can do as much or as little as I want. My husband is wonderfully supportive of my business. He’s happy to see me doing something I love so really it’s benefitted both of us. It really is a huge blessing in our lives.
Are you working towards a financial goal for your business?
For me, although the Stampin’ Up! offers a very welcome supplementary income, it’s more about meeting new people and the joy of sharing creativity. My goal is to just keep growing and keep enjoying it!
Would you ever give up your business to do something else?
Oh I hope not! The time might come that I need to change what I’m doing, or stop altogether but I plan to stay with them for as long as I can. The great thing about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is there is very little risk involved, so there’s no need for an exit strategy. I have no plans to give it up!
Have you had your ‘I’ve made it’ moment? Tell us about it. If not when do you think it will come
I’ve had many amazing opportunities with Stampin Up. I’ve been honoured to present at Convention and on the recent global Incentive Trip. I’ve also been a guest speaker on a webinar to the UK and Netherlands. My goals are to be a consistent encouragement, example and support to my team, and a great demonstrator for my customers. I’m not sure I can ever truly attain that but I’ll keep enjoying working towards it!
Where do you hope to be in five years time?
I’d love to see more ladies join and find out for themselves what I’ve discovered with Stampin’ Up!. I’d also love to have a strong, confident team across the UK and Europe and continue the friendships I’ve already begun. For my family I’d love to have taken them to see more of the world through the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trips.
If you’re looking for a flexible business option Stampin’ Up! is a fantastic opportunity. My advice would be that anyone can do it. My story isn’t unusual, my circumstances weren’t peculiar; I’m just a normal mum! Anyone can – and should – give it a try!
To find out more about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator visit www.stampinup.co.uk