Wow it’s been over 5 months since my last post. I’ll be surprised if I have any readers left?!
The images are just a few things I love right now.
We have gone through many changes in 2011 and in a funny way I’m really glad to see the back of it.
10 years ago last December, My hub and his business partner started a company called Source Creative. For the 4 months previous I’ve been organising the premises to reflect that it is a design studio and creative space and not just a place to work from. This, amongst other things, is what has taken so much of my time and energy.
Through illness it was decided over a year ago that my husband buy out his business partner. After 10 very long and difficult months this has finally happened. We are really happy to be the joint owners/directors of Source Creative and we are really eager to move things forward. Unfortunately the outcome of the buyout wasn’t an amicable one but that is something I’m trying not to dwell upon. It’s very sad that a 20 year friendship seems to have ended and there has been nothing we could do about it.
There is good stuff on the horizon though and that is what 2012 is all about. On the eve of 20th December 2011 Source Creative became a family business owned by my wonderful hub and me! We had the option of closing the company and selling the premises and starting again or taking it over and continuing but making it more what the hub always wanted. Apart from the lucky few, I imagine many partnerships have interests that can be really rather far apart. The hub now has the freedom to move the company in the direction he always wanted.
At home we like our space to feel nice and reflect us. This didn’t really follow through to work. The 10 year anniversary was a great reason to update the space and make it more reflective of the business and what it stood for. When we were first told of what the business partner’s intentions were I was in my second year at college studying interior design. The buyout was going to be a lengthy, time consuming process and the hub needed my help to deal with the solicitors and bank etc so that he could continue to run the company without too much distraction. For this reason I had to leave college. Luckily they allowed me to work from home and just go in 1 day a week to keep up my study. Having done the work on the house and garden and having done an interior consultation job in the summer I was able to use this to gain marks to pass the course. All I had to do was complete a major final project. As most of my time was going to be spent at Source Creative and it was in a bit of a time warp it seemed most obvious to re-design the entire building. So that is what I did. I passed my course with a triple distinction and the design has now come to a reality. For the past 4 months I’ve been painting, re-arranging, building, stripping, designing, cutting, hammering… you get the idea.
We wanted it ready for the 10 year anniversary exhibition in December and it was a cathartic way of moving on. You can see the blog post I wrote here on that. So in 2012 we now own a successful graphic and web design company. This will hopefully continue to flourish as we have branched into interior design consultation and photography. It seems to make sense to utilise the skills I have to create more revenue. I also want to finally set up my online vintage/2nd hand shop from there which I’ve been wanting to do since mid 2010. I’m also responsible for the Source Creative online poster & t-shirt shop which is doing really well. This year will see some new designs and ideas when I get myself some time to promote it a little more. I also have the Source Creative blog to run and my own little blogeroo to keep up with as well as 3 twitter feeds!
It’s taken the best part of 4 months to write this post as there have been many ups and downs. I’m now on a pretty big up and I’ve actually got my self a little time to dedicate to blogging and all those little things I want to do for myself.
It’s been amazing fun working with my hub and his team. We all seem to be on the same page and have similar ideas. Don’t get me wrong, running a business is pretty hard and it’s frustrating knowing there are companies out there that sell ‘packages’ or have had no official training who think they give the same quality when in reality they are just amateurs. Don’t get me wrong amateurs have a place within the industry but they are a risk and if that’s what is required then I say go for it. Part of my job entails some of the boring, back end stuff such as accounts and invoicing but to be honest, and don’t tell everyone, I actually really get a buzz out of it. I’m learning about money and how best to play the accounts and when to invoice and who needs to pay etc. I feel like I have an important role to play in the running of the business but it’s not what everyone else sees.
The best thing about all this is that I get to run a family business and see my hub every day which I secretly love. I still get to do the morning school run and when the hub gets a chance he can do the odd day of taking the boy to or from school.