Be Your Own Boss Series: Joe & Bethan John

If you’re playing catch up, you can check out the first and second posts here and here, and what started the series in the first place here.

I’m excited to introduce Joe and Bethan John from Decorator’s Notebook this week, I’ll put you in their capable hands now…

Bethan John and Joe John of Decorator's Notebook

What do you do for a living?
We’re Joe John and Bethan John. We’re brother and sister and run Decorator’s Notebook, an online shop selling handmade home accessories sourced from fair trade groups, social enterprises and artisanal co-operatives around the world. We launched in October 2013.

How did your career path evolve to now?
I was working as an interior design journalist in London, producing features for glossy magazines and writing a blog – the original Decorator’s Notebook – in my spare time. Joe was working as an e-commerce development manager in the finance department of a big university. I noticed that many people were starting to ask more questions about the origins of the things they bought and feeling less satisfied with the generic, mass-produced homeware they found on the high street. I wanted to show that design-led home accessories could be ethical too, so that’s how the idea for the Decorator’s Notebook shop evolved. We enrolled on a startup business course called ‘School for Creative Startups’ and one year on, launched the first Decorator’s Notebook homeware collection.

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Friday Fashion Lust List

I haven’t done a Friday Fashion Lust List in a long while now and decided it was time to reinstate it. I’ve got a huge back log of fashion inspo to share with you all over the next few weeks so I hope you enjoy!

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Be Your Own Boss Series: Sophie Davies

Another week has passed and it’s time for the second instalment in my ‘Be Your Own Boss’ series. If you missed last week’s post, click here to get an insight into Jen Carrington’s world of work.

This week I’ll be handing over to Sophie Davies of The Private Life of a Girl & Oh My Clumsy Heart, who will be telling you all about her work life. Here’s Sophie…

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What do you do for a living?
My name is Sophie Davies, I’m the founder and designer-maker behind Oh My Clumsy Heart, an online jewellery brand producing minimal handmade jewellery.

How did your career path evolve to now?
Oh My Clumsy Heart started as a hobby shop on Etsy four years ago but only developed into a business in August, 2012. After two years of working a day job alongside starting the business, I became full time self-employed in May of this year. I wrote a post on how I quit my day job, which discusses every step I took to become self-employed.

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Copenhagen here we come!

I’m so excited that we’ve booked our first trip abroad for the year. Copenhagen was a very spur of the moment decision, we just thought it sounded interesting, somewhere we’ve never been and looked like a cool place to spend a long weekend. We booked the flights on New Years Eve and have now booked the accommodation too, a lovely little airbnb apartment.

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Image via Pinterest.

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Be Your Own Boss Series: Jen Carrington

So last week I announced I would be starting a new series, which I’ve titled ‘Be Your Own Boss’, you can read all about what drove me to create this series here.

To kick the series off, let me introduce you to Jen Carrington of Jennypurr. I’m so pleased to have Jen as part of this series and I’m sure she will be a big inspiration to those of you thinking of taking the leap to becoming self employed. Now time to hand over to Jen…

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What do you do for a living? 
I’m a freelance writer, content strategist, blogger, and editor of A Little Opulent magazine! My work is focused around online content, whether I’m creating it myself, editing other peoples, or building content strategy for other creatives.

How did your career path evolve to now?
Becoming my own boss happened in a strange way for me. I had to quit my day job due to living with a full time illness and needing to take a step back to really take care of myself, and in this time I continued to grow my blog, launch ALO, and work with freelance clients and on different side projects. Over time I realised that this could be a feasible career path for me so these days I have completely taken a leap into the world of creative entrepreneurship and I spend every day trying to build a business for myself that I really love.

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New ‘Be Your Own Boss’ Series

Happy new year everyone!

It’s a new year and I’m really excited to launch a new series on my blog. Over the next few weeks I’ll be featuring a variety of bloggers, designer-makers and creatives who have taken a different path from the normal 9-5 employed office job.

What inspired me to launch this series? I really wanted to inspire a new generation of non 9 to 5ers. I wanted to encourage others to be their own boss and that the normal 9 to 5 isn’t the only option. I wanted to find out more about the people making a living the non-traditional way.

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Bye Christmas, Hello January Sales!

Christmas flew by as quickly as always and before I knew it we were in January again. I’ve been avoiding the January sales this year, mainly because I promised myself I’d be more careful with spending and trying to avoid buying frivolous things that I’ll never end up using (we’ll see how long that lasts!).

For those of you that love the January sales and have already been purchasing like crazy, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite sale spots…

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Last Minute Gift Guide For Everyone

Have you just had the realisation that Christmas is just around the corner? I’ve been super organised this year, but have had that sudden panic every year previously. Someone you’ve forgotten or you just can’t decide what to get and before you know it, you’ve left it too late. There’s no time to order online and you’re left with battling a jam packed high street, wandering aimlessly without a plan…yes, I know that feeling well!

Well, if that’s all sounding far too familiar, here’s my last minute gift guide that tries to cover everyone I can think of…so you can go directly from shop to shop, knowing exactly what you’re looking for! You won’t always find the same shops on every high street, but I’m hoping this will get you going in the right direction at the very least.

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Mum – Lush Spa Gift Set from Lush £29.95

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I love this gift set from Lush, it’s a great one for mum’s as it includes products to help you relax, unwind and pamper. Just what every mum needs!

Dad – Black Faux Fur Lined Moccasin Slippers from Debenhams £25.00

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Who doesn’t love a nice cosy pair of slippers? Okay so it may not be the most exciting gift, but it’s sure to be useful and this lovely fur-lined pair from Debenhams are sure to impress.

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