Could These Women Inspire A Career Change?

Always wanted to work for yourself? That's exactly what these women have done...

‘I formed the idea to produce and sell a tourist T-shirt synonymous with Norfolk’

The idea: ‘While my children were growing up, I juggled motherhood with the farm accounts and a busy holiday letting business. My years of dealing with tourists set me thinking about how people shop on a British seaside holiday, and I sketched out a few crabbing-themed designs.’

What happened next: ‘I found a couple of keen young graphic designers to refine my crab design, sourced a print shop and got some T-shirts printed. I spent around £1,500 on designs and printing 100 children’s T-shirts.’

Where I am now: I have 70 stockists in the UK (including National Trust) and I’ve just completed my first order in Spain. In 2010 I started selling online, in 2011 I opened my own shop in Burnham Deepdale and in 2012 we opened another in Southwold. For the first four years, I just covered my living costs, but my partner and I both now take salaries. I’m in control of my time and my business allows me to be creative, gives me a sense of achievement and earns me money – all done from home.

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