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!

Gail Armstrong -Start With a Doodle

Name:

Gail Armstrong

Business Name:

Start With a Doodle

Website:

startwithadoodle.co.uk

Facebook page/group:

https://m.facebook.com/startwithadoodle/

Twitter name:

https://twitter.com/GailDoodles

Linkedin:

http://linkedin.com/in/gail-armstrong-7873275a

Where are you in the North East?

Blyth, Northumberland

Email address:

gail@startwithadoodle.co.uk

Directory advert:

Start With a Doodle consists of mostly digital artwork created on my iPadPro. I am a self taught artist and draw local scenes, such as lighthouses, motivational doodles, designs for business and commissions commemorating special events.

When did you start your business and why?:

I left a stressful job in adult education and decided to do what I am most passionate about. Art and writing. I began delivering creative journaling workshops, but when people began to ask for me to draw for them, I soon realised that digital art was the thing I wanted to do most and so I now focus on being an artist and illustrator.

What gives your business the edge?:

I specialise in Navy and military drawings, and because I actually served in the Royal Navy I have inside knowledge of the small things that turn a good drawing into a fantastic memory for the recipient. I look for details that trigger an emotional response, things that may seem insignificant to someone without forces experience. I have had wonderful comments from clients who said they were reduced to tears when they saw my work.

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

Being able to do things that makes your heart sing. I don’t think I could have a business if it didn’t. Flexibility, not tied to set working hours. Sometimes I enjoy working early in the morning or late in the evening.

And what is the worst!?:

Working from home. All the distractions! If I could afford to I would rent a small studio and work from there. People seem to think they can just pop in, or ask you to ‘do/get things for them  that they wouldn’t expect if you were in a work place.

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

I am carer for my 89 year old father in law and have a teenage son plus three dogs. My husband works very hard and so I try to allow him time to relax when he gets home. I like to wake early, around 6am and do my planning and morning routine before anyone else gets up. I have to be flexible during the day and responsible for taking FIL to hospital appointments, collecting things he needs so I rarely have a set work time during the day and fit in what I can when I can. I do find that in the evening I often have a couple of hours of quiet time when I like to draw and relax.  

At the weekends I take myself into my summerhouse and work in there, as my husband can keep an eye on his dad in the house. That is my personal retreat. I love working in there.

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

I would like to be in a position where I am getting a steady flow of art work and can charge a little more for it. I would also like to have published my book and also recognised as a writer. I never want to have more work than I can cope with, and become stressed again. I would also like to have a small studio or less distraction from family members if working from home.

When I was young, I used to say “one day I’m going to be an artist and writer”. I’m over halfway to achieving my dream.  How wonderful is that?

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

Do what you love most, Let things happen naturally and consider every opportunity. Sometimes you can’t see something until you’re ready to see it.  Persevere, believe and stay true to yourself.

Karin Laudin -Laudin Consulting Limited

Name:

Karin Laudin

Business Name: Laudin Consulting Limited

Website:

www.karinlaudin.com

Facebook page:

Karin Laudin Life Coaching

Twitter name:

www.twitter.com\KarinLaudin

Linkedin:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/karin-laudin-154948a3/

Where are you in the North East?

Guisborough/Middlesbrough. I coach by phone, Skype and where possible face to face

Email address:

k.laudin@sky.com

 

advert:

I offer life coaching and have a Personal Performance Diploma with the Coaching Academy. I am CPD accredited with the CPD Standards Office and DISC accredited. As your coach I will help you to identify changes you would like to make and enable you to live the life you want.

 

Natasha Idvanov – Ardahr Coaching s.u.a.r.l

Natasha IDVANOV

Business Name:

Ardahr Coaching s.u.a.r.l

Website:

Www.azdahrcoachingsi.com

Where are you in the North East?

Newton-Aycliffe

Email address:

azdahrcoaching@gmail.com

Directory advert:

Azdahr Coaching’s mission is offers Strategic Intervention Coaching (S.I. Coaching) to help women like you that come from a variety of industries and all walks of life,cultures and beliefs, women entrepreneurs , business owners,  legal professions, teachers, actresses,dancers, film makers…all with the shared commitment to attaining balance in their life, get what they want more of, transform their relationships and successfully reaching their goals and experience higher level of growth, fulfillment and contribution.

When did you start your business and why?:

Started in Dec 2016

What gives your business the edge?:

VPPCC:

Vision

Passion

People

Constant and never ending improvement

Connection

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

Freedom to grow, to be creative, to innovate, to travel, to spread the goodness far and wide, to support family, to attain financial freedom, to contribute beyond oneself

And what is the worst!?:

Paperwork and admin 😉

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

No two days exactly the same 😉

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

God knows best….

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

Be bold and build on your own specific strengths and talents , never stop learning and growing, have passion and vision and excel in dealing with uncertainty in life and have a jolly good sense of humour.