Kate Simpson – K8 Coaching & Consultancy, The Growth Catalyst, K8 Nordic Walking

Name:

Kate Simpson

Business Name:

K8 Coaching & Consultancy, The Growth Catalyst, K8 Nordic Walking

Website:

www.k8coachingandconsultancy.co.uk

www.thegrowthcatalyst.co.uk

 

Linkedin:

Kate Simpson

Where are you in the North East?

Birtley

Email address:

 

 

Directory advert:

I provide Executive Coaching, Career Coachig, Coaching for Success, HR support and expertise for HR projects

Laura Mathieson – Selling on eBay UK Ltd

Name:

Laura Mathieson

Business Name:

Selling on eBay UK Ltd

Website:

www.sellingonebayuk.com

Facebook page/group:

https://www.facebook.com/SellingOneBayUK/

Twitter name:

https://twitter.com/SellingOnEBAYUK

Linkedin:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauramathieson

Where are you in the North East?

Newbiggin by the Sea

Email address:

info@sellingonebayuk.com

Directory advert:

Selling on eBay UK Ltd, run by Laura Mathieson, is a specialist eBay Consultancy service. 

Providing analysis and advice to businesses selling on eBay, services include analysis and training, shop set up through to a managed facility to support small and medium sized companies to flourish on eBay. 

When did you start your business and why?:

I was an eBay trader for 10 years, working from home  – I loved it so much I started teaching workshops and training other businesses.

eBay is a huge 3D puzzle which fascinates me – I love solving it!

What gives your business the edge?:

There are very few eBay experts in the UK, and because we focus on the site so completely we are able to spot trends quickly, and provide our businesses with proven ways to increase sales.

What is the best thing about running your own business?:

The variety – doing something I love and never knowing what the day will bring.

And what is the worst!?:

Doing the financial side – invoices and accounts.

Describe a typical day running your business and balancing family life:

My commute is wonderful – from one room to another in my house! Loads of emails and then me and the team work through what’s booked in. Usually I’m in the office most of the day but I also go out about one day a week to meet clients or run workshops.  We are at the mercy of technology, so if the Internet goes down it’s always very frustrating, and I quite dread Windows updates!

Sometimes I speak to clients in Australia or the US and the day extends, but usually I finish at 5 – sometimes earlier on a Friday.

How do you envisage your business changing over the next 5 years?:

I’m growing it and hope to take on an apprentice in a few months – the demand is there and I’m building a group of associates to outsource work we can’t do.

I’d like to have a full eCommerce support business, including experts on Amazon, Etsy, Shopify etc.

Do you have any advice for other Women in or starting a business?:

Make time for yourself – between home and business it’s easy to forget about rest!

 

 

Susan Smalley – Susan Smalley

Name:

Susan Smalley

Business Name:

Susan Smalley

Website:

www.susansmalley.co.uk

Twitter name:

www.twitter.com\SusanSmalley

Where are you in the North East?

Durham City

Email address:

susan@susansmalley.co.uk

 

Directory advert:

 I work intuitively with your energy as I tailor my personal development coaching sessions with you to unfold your potential, secure your emotions, build your confidence, and help eliminate the ‘toxic’ situations in your life. A Reiki Master, Meditation Coach, Tarot Consultant, Medium and Crystal Therapist too, working with one to one clients, online, in groups, workshops, and courses, I am delighted to be here and sharing with you the services I offer. I am different from most coaches in this sense, and isn’t that what makes me super interesting an empath who understands who and where you are.  Please do email me susan@susansmalley.co.uk to arrange your very unique personal consultation.    Groups and online courses will be posted regularly for your interest, so I look forward to seeing you soon.               www.susansmalley.co.uk              

When did you start your business and why?:

I had always been working alongside my day time employment as P.A. to Directors in the public and private sectors twenty years previous to my becoming self-employed, which just so happened due to my taking redundancy.  A release which allowed me to work with my services for friends, family and clients in the north east of UK, and beyond.  For the past ten years I have worked at building my fab clientele and made some great friends via networking through business and social media routes.  My passion for what I do shows as does the drive and flexible approach I have to my working hours to accommodate those of you who are unable to reach me during the day time.   So evenings and weekends are pretty much dedicated as and when necessary to the unfoldment and upliftment to those who seek my services.  I simply love being self-employed.

What gives your business the edge?:

Me.  I am unique in that in each area I work, whether that be healing, meditation, mediumship, tarot, teaching, spiritual coaching, life coaching, public speaking or workshop facilitating, and online marketing of my business, I do so straight from intuitively connecting and always from the heart.  My reputation has built on a foundation of sincerity and warmth and non judgement.

What is the best thing about running your own business?:

The gorgeous people I get to meet, the fab places I work within as well as the joy of working from my own home, and the total flexibility I have in inspiring others, and equally remaining inspired soulfully myself.

 And what is the worst!?:

Sometimes running out of time!   This year is flying by and I cannot believe that whilst I have smashed some goals I set for myself – that time evades me when trying to focus on the build of new areas of work.  However, I trust all will flow easily if it is mean to.

Describe a typical day running your business and balancing family life:

Morning admin, social media marketing, clients for mediumship and tarot guidance, a reiki client and crystal therapy session, tea, a catch up with friend, and then work in public arena on evening, or at home, coaching others to become stronger, more confident and at ease in accepting a mindfulness way of living yet appreciating the power of law of attraction.

How do you envisage your business changing over the next 5 years?:

Online business to soar.  I love to write so my ebooks and published books to be on sale to aid my students and clients right across the world.   Freeing up my time for another passion of mine –  travel.

Do you have any advice for other Women in or starting a business?:

Do it!    It will always eat into your thoughts and emotions if you don’t.   You are unique and you have every right to express that in a world where acceptance of all possibilities is ever expanding.

Of course the first three years are the most poignant and you must define boundaries of working hours in order to keep a balance in life and thus keep the flame of romance of life in full swing.

    

 

Carole Dawson – Carole Dawson Reiki from the Source

Name:

Carole Dawson

Business Name:

Carole Dawson Reiki from the Source

Website:

www.jikiden-reiki-teacher.co.uk

Facebook page:

Carole Dawson Reiki From the Source

Twitter name:

www.twitter.com\caroledawson

Linkedin:

Carole Dawson-03812a2b

Where are you in the North East?

Newton Aycliffe

Email address:

caroledawson@ymail.com

 

Directory advert:

Established in 1990, I provide Reflexology & Reiki treatments and teach authentic Japanese Reiki courses throughout the year.

Melanie Armstrong – Photography for Little People by Melanie

Melanie Armstrong

Business Name:

Photography for Little People by Melanie

Website:

http://photographyforlittlepeople.com/user/melanie/

Where are you in the North East?

Chester le Street, Durham

Email address:

melanie@photographyforlittlepeople.com

Directory advert:

As a mother of two amazing young men now I am aware that their early years seem like a very distant memory even though it really wasn’t that long ago.   As I look back at their newborn portraits, I’ve come to the realization that these are even more special to me than I could have imagined, especially their little hands and feet I have framed.  The value of a meaningful and beautiful image of your child grows exponentially over time.  It never stops.  It’s a moment that’s gone, but a memory that you get to keep forever.

My aim and my passion is to create amazing images that will make you happy for years to come. I love what I do and I take great pride in what I do. Every client I see is special and unique and has a story to tell, I want to help tell it, and make memories you can see and hold.

Operating from my studio in Chester le street, Durham, I provide a range of photography services for families across Durham and the surrounding areas. I specialise in newborn, baby and family photography, Photography for Little People are also the leading experts at taking impressions of little ones hands and feet. Our youngest was just 6 hours new.

Feel free to explore my website and if my work speaks to you, I would love for you to contact me to discuss a photo shoot experience for your family.

I am also one of the leading photography trainers in the UK specising in training new photographers within our franchise in the art of newborn safety as well as coaching them in their business.

When did you start your business and why?:

Photography for Little People was founded by mother and daughter team, Jan Massey and Melanie Kemp. The company quickly grew from renting a “barrow” in Gateshead’s MetroCentre shopping complex, to taking over a high profile unit there and has since photographed thousands of children. In 2007, Jan and Melanie were named North East Entrepreneur Woman in Retail and spurred on by the popularity of the service the mother and daughter team took the decision to franchise Photography for Little People. Our business proved so popular with families and we wanted to offer this to as many families as possible. Franchising Photography for Little People was the obvious answer as it is such a beautiful business and works perfectly around your family.

What gives your business the edge?:

Photography for Little People are renowned for their FREE photo shoot and no obligation, and pride themselves on the fact that we all LOVE capturing that magical moment in time! We excel at photographing bumps and newborns, little ones and toddlers, as well as family groups . My passion and speciality is working with newborns with many of my babies under 10 days new.

We are able to create beautiful, stunning pieces for your home, with your images, that have the WOW factor. Our impression range is the finest in the UK with the youngest baby to have their impressions taken being just 6 hours old!

What is the best thing about running your own business?:

Not only am I one of the franchisors I also run one of the franchise areas myself, we believe you should never ask anyone to do anything you are not prepared to do yourself.

I love working as a franchisee and the flexibility it offers my family. I love working with families especially capturing newborn images, I would never give this up. Being behind the camera and working with little ones is my little piece of heaven- I have been named The Baby Whisperer by my clients and friends.

And what is the worst!?:

I can’t think of one bad thing. Every day is different and every family I meet different, I love it.

Describe a typical day running your business and balancing family life:

To be honest I don’t have a typical day! Marketing is fun. I network and drink lots of coffee’s! The best bit is the photo shoots though………..I love being in my studio creating memories for my clients.  If I have my franchisor hat on then a typical day includes either training or mentoring my franchisees.

How do you envisage your business changing over the next 5 years?:

Photography for Little People will continue to grow within the UK, we plan to establish our business throughout Hong Kong and Singapore and develop those countries as well as looking to expand into he USA.

Do you have any advice for other Women in or starting a business?:

Take that leap and follow your heart AND your head!