“Blazing a Trail: Fashion on the edge”

 

Hi guys, I have some fantastic news to share with you all. I am delighted to announce; that I am officially one of the panelists for the up and coming event, held at the Manchester central library, on the 27th April 2016.

This event will focus on how other fashion and industry experts and, I have forged our way through the industry and started a business.

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We will also share our secrets of start-up and success; how we started from an idea to a full-fledged business. I am also excited to share my tips and techniques that have aided me to come this far. With all the panel members successful in their business field, this is a great opportunity for you all to ask questions about business and more. You will also get a chance to network at the event as well. 

A snippet about me

My idea started with a personal health problem that made me question my lifestyle and consumer choices. My business is my life experience, it’s what I believe in and want to do in order to make the world a better place.

Other guest members 

Adnan Bayyat: Avant-garde and couture designer

Nicola Hebson: Curiosity Shop & Dead Good Jewellery

Sarah Johnson: McQueen Independent

The event will be held at the Manchester Central Library, in the performance space, and it is free to attend.

To book your place, please CLICK HERE

Music, at the library? Really?

This week has been full of music and harmony. I have been spending a lot of time at the Manchester Central Library, especially the Music library on the 1st floor.

While working from the Library on my handbag business, I have been able to enjoy the sound of music instruments played by artist and students, who on a daily basis spend hours playing some amazing instruments.

The atmosphere and energy in the space is electrifying warm and tranquil, leaving you feeling calm and great. While the variation of music being played, soothes my ears, it at the same time gives me the positive energy to keep going.

The music Library on the first floor is a hidden Gem that is not known to all, and those that do know it, make the most of the space.

Just like myself, I spend my mornings swayed by the sound of music and positivity. The library is open to all; you can work from there or even spend your afternoon playing the piano, or even bring your own guitar along and entertain us all.

The Library has some fantastic music books and best of all the instruments are free to use as well. So why not come along and spread some positive energy and enjoy yourself.

I could talk all day about the Music room, the sounds and the people I meet. But I will stop here, try it yourself and have a great time.

Manchester screening: Inspiring Entrepreneurs – Internet Icons

 

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On Monday the 29th February, there will be a free event held at the Manchester Central Library. The event will give you the opportunity to ask questions and find out how to successfully launch a business and also get tips and ideas towards your own business venture as well.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet me and many other successful businesses.

ABOUT THE EVENT 

The event will also be screened free from the British Library

Online businesses are bigger than ever.  If you’re a small business owner with big online ambitions, take this opportunity to quiz our panel of Internet icons and find out how they have created some of the best-known global internet brands.

This panel discussion will be streamed live from the British Library in London, after you’ve heard from a Google Digital Technician about how the Digital Garage at Manchester Central Library can help you and your business to set up and grow online.

Via live webcast:

    Justine Roberts, Founder and CEO of Mumsnet

    Ning Li, Co-Founder and CEO MADE.com

    Renaud Visage, Co-founder of Eventbrite

Plus, you can put your questions to all speakers and network with other local businesses.

Moderated by Nadine Dereza, Journalist and TV Broadcaster

Follow all the action and tweet your questions on #BLicons16

WHEN: Monday, 29 February 2016 from 18:00 to 21:00 (GMT)

WHERE: Performance Space – Manchester Central Library. St Peter’s Square. Manchester M2 5PD 

To book the event please click the following EVENTBRITE

 

Apply These 8 Secret Techniques To Improve Ways To Sell Online

This week’s blog is about how to sell on-line. Most recently, I attended a workshop to learn about different ways of selling on-line and how effective they can be. Some of the most popular platforms to sell are EBay, Amazon, Etsy, and Asos marketplace.

pablo-8However, the workshop was mostly focused on EBay, and how to create a business account and profile. So, those of you who want to start a business on-line why not start from EBay? It is quick, easy, and more effective in most cases.

When creating a business account on EBay, it is important that your business name is appropriate and nothing like ‘Power Puff Girls’, especially when you are selling Vintage clothing; it is harder to change the name later when you have loyal customers and your business is getting popular. Also, when listing your products on EBay, make the most of the free listing days, you can save a lot of money otherwise, you will be paying, at least, £0.35 per item.

Delivery: EBay has a fantastic page ‘postage estimator’ where you can actually calculate how much your delivery may cost depending on the weight, and size of the item.

Now coming to naming the items, it is always best to use attractive words when listing your items, instead of writing cream coloured dress you could write campaign colour lace dress; by doing this, your potential customers will notice your product first, which will result in a sale.

Also, it is very important that you have good reviews on your account, as this will help your potential customers to take you seriously and buy from you too. To do this, firstly, you can buy a couple of items on EBay, even if they are very cheap. This process will help you gain good feedback on your account and as a result, customers will feel more comfortable buying from you because they can see you pay on time and are reliable and trustable.    

And finally, most importantly, you need to be aware of people online who will say they need the item before they pay you, be aware of these people, they are fraudsters and can trick you into sending an item and not paying you, even after they receive the item. You will never hear from them again, and EBay cannot help you with this either, as it is written in their policy that if you send an item before receiving a payment, you are responsible for the outcome.

The workshop was delivered by, Maggie Harding, the owner of Garbo Antiques, and a successful EBay seller. She sells vintage clothing to theatre & film companies, private collectors, & customers around the world. Above are her tips and techniques that helped her to become a successful EBay seller.

If you would like to attend the next workshop you can go online on Eventbrite and book your place, the workshop will be held at the Manchester Central Library.