I get a lot of people asking me about the name of my blog and business. To be really honest, it just happened, a long, long time ago. I knew I wanted to work in retail/fashion but back in my early twenties, I didn't really have much of a plan. My middle name is Rose and the Glam bit just came to me one night. So that's where the name came from. What was I actually going to do? Well that wasn't so easy. I wanted to write (as I can talk a lot and sometimes I feel like I'm being listened to more when I put pen to paper). I also desperately wanted to work with clothes. I spent a long time working in Buying, it worked at the time but I knew the travel and hours weren't for me long term, plus I wanted a family. Along came the first daughter, then number two. School runs commenced and with my husband being the bread winner, working long hours and being an hour away from home, corporate life wasn't going to work for me anymore.
The original plan in-between having the children somewhere was to write a little, style a little (I decided to go to London College of Fashion and do a course on it) and sell a little. The writing started with the blog back in 2010 (with a very brief, random post here). Then after being successful at the auditions/interviews for Mary Portas as a Stylist when she was opening her first range in House of Fraser, I knew that styling was where I wanted to be. However to cut a long story short, I didn't accept and after my second child I decided to 'wing it' all on my own. It's been nearly two years now and although I'd say the road hasn't been an easy one, it is so worth it. I love the freedom of working one on one with clients, writing my blog, working with brands who want to be featured on my blog and being invited to press days. Variety really is the spice of life for me.
The only area I have 'neglected' (for want of a better word) was the selling side. I am forever finding amazing bargains and wanted to be able to buy and sell on with a small amount of profit for me but still a huge saving for my customer. One of the main reasons for not doing it yet is having that initial capital to start with. I do dabble on and off with eBay but we aren't talking large amounts here. If however I did have some investment money sat there, I would definitely be buying everything I knew was a steal. When this was all a dream many years ago, I didn't even think about a business loan or a mentor as no one mentioned anything like this to me. That is where I feel it's changed now, there is help out there. Virgin Start Up is a non-profit, government backed loan scheme to help young entrepreneurs get on with their dreams. There is also a mentor and free business advice. It's not a decision to take lightly, but if you do have a business plan, it's something that may just help you on your way a lot quicker than if you didn't have any backing. So where does this leave me? Well, for now, I am very content with the clients I have and the writing I do. Maybe in the next few years when the youngest starts school I will re-think and maybe venture down the shop route but for now, I will carry on as I am.
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