Talking business with Country Living
I am absolutely delighted to be featured in Country Living magazine’s June issue (on sale now) – sharing insights into the Marketing Vision start-up story and lessons learnt along the way.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Country Living Team over the past 18 months and am honoured to have been asked to take part in this series of profiles which feature inspiring entrepreneurs and business experts.
Events for budding entrepreneurs
The Country Living Team have run some incredible events during the past year – events designed to help budding entrepreneurs to turn their hobbies into a business. First up was the Business Zone at the Country Living Spring Fair (March 2016), held at the Business Design Centre, Islington. There, I presented ‘How to start a business on a shoestring budget’ and had three fabulous guest panellists.
Next were Country Living’s sell-out Build-A-Business Days in May/June 2016. Following the success of these London-based events, the Build-A-Business Days were taken nationwide in 2017 and I was delighted to re-join the Team in Birmingham, Bristol, Henley-on-Thames and Tunbridge Wells.
At each Build-A-Business Day, delegates heard from an amazing line up of speakers (which have to-date included Emma Bridgewater, Sophie Conran and some truly fabulous younger businesses) and gained vast amounts of practical advice and inspiration to get started.
Turn your hobby into a business
Country Living also published a fantastic bookazine in September 2016. ‘How to turn your hobby into a business’ is crammed with essential advice, guidance and tips on getting started in business, plus inspirational case studies from successful business owners. (My feature on writing a marketing plan is on pg 132-133, a co-written ‘What next?’ feature on pg 204-205, and you can find out what I would do if I didn’t run Marketing Vision on pg 7!).
Check out Country Living
Some really great resources for anyone thinking about turning a hobby or passion into a business. Be sure to check out Country Living’s website, follow them on social media and grab a copy of their fabulous bookazine! You might just be inspired to take the plunge!