Ever wondered what it's like behind the scenes at F&P?
We're excited that after 11 years we're here with our first blog, we plan to share our loves and inspiration with you, but first we wanted to start by giving a little back.
We are inspired daily by women entrepreneurs who like us are small business owners, following a dream. Together we share ideas and knowledge. But to those starting out there are gems that we wish we'd known...
DO ONE THING WELL: make sure your idea or product reflect what you do best. Do your research, see what's on the market already. Be realistic about the size of the opportunity, the risks and the realities. Be slow and steady, make decisions that are affordable. Strive for the best quality and pay attention to every single detail.
LEARN AS YOU GROW: successes and mistakes are as vital as each other. Don't carry mistakes around with you, instead use them as stepping stones to learn and help you grow. Find your tribe and please your customers. Work out what they expect, what makes them happy and face up to feedback and issues as they arise. Launching something new? Listen to your intuition but canvas opinion. Ask questions but take on board feedback.
And finally, Oprah Winfrey says it all ... "SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO WILL LIFT YOU HIGHER". We feel especially blessed that our business was founded on a mutual love of stationery and a friendship that's grown over the years ... especially when life has tested us to breaking point. There have been times when work and our companionship have given us the biggest relief. So we'd say to anyone setting out, connect with someone that you truly trust and respect who has no ego, understands your vision and will bring cheer and sanity in equal measure.
We'd love to hear from you!
Rachel & Josie xx