This week as part of my Mums in Business in series I am delighted to be interviewing Anne-Marie from Gift It 2. Gift It 2 is the perfect place to shop and find presents for children of all ages, and adults too, and this interview couldn’t come at a better time, right before Christmas when parents or family are wondering what to buy for their loved ones. Take a read of Anne-Marie’s story below and then head on over to her website for Christmas present inspiration. I know that I will be.
Tell me a little bit about you, your background and Gift It Two
What were the drivers and your motivations for setting up Gift It Two
How do you balance your business around your family and children
I am based in Cambridgeshire, near Huntingdon and as my children are at school, my working day is fairly short but as productive as I can possibly make it. Sometimes, it is necessary for me to return to work once I have finished some home chores, especially in the Christmas season. It is tricky running your own business during the school holidays when you are constantly pulled in opposite directions, but I just try to limit my working hours each day. So far I seem to have muddled through.
Since setting up Gift It Two what’s been your biggest success to date
I think my biggest success to date is increasing my stock base from 10 product lines when I first began (I began v small!), to now just under 500 product lines. Since I buy in and sell on, I take a risk every time I try a new product as that product is purchased in bulk. I store the products on my premises (a converted shed) so there has to be a constant and quick turnover of stock. I always aim to introduce ideally approximately 40% new product lines each year, to keep my business interesting and new to all customers – but especially those who keep coming back.
What’s your top tip for anyone who’s thinking about setting up their own business
My top tip for anyone starting their own business is to have a lot of patience, and don’t worry about failure. If something does not work, stay positive and move on. But be prepared for hard work and little reward to begin with.
Thank you so much Anne-Marie for agreeing to be interviewed and featured on my blog. I wish you all the best of luck in the future.
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