Within the first 24 hours our twitter followers increased by nearly 100 and our website had significantly more hits than usual! A real confidence boost!
Raspberry Red was started in August 2009 by myself, Lise Austen, after spending 12 years in the IT industry in various customer facing roles, followed by a few years spent looking after my young family. During this time I developed a passion for good quality, well designed children's clothes, particulary from Denmark where my family are from and I spend alot of time. I knew one day I would start my own retail business but never dreamed it would be selling children's clothes! I started off selling clothes I sourced from Scandinavian and British Designers at events and House parties. In August 2010 I launched www.raspberryred.co.uk and then in November 2012 I opened a shop at Holme Grange Craft Village, just outside Wokingham in Berkshire. I added unusual good quality toys to complement the children's clothes, which include traditonal toys, wooden toys, mobiles, creative and inspiring toys. Raspberry Red offerings cater for children aged from Newborn to age 9..
Do something you love and are passionate about - can you picture yourself in 10 years time doing what you're doing & still being excited by it?
Have a short & long term plan, review it regularly and change it if you need to.
Use your network! Your friends and family will be your best supporters and your most honest critics. Their feedback and support will give you the confidence to succeed and help you through any difficult times.
If you are a parent wanting to start a business that will work around your family and enable you to be there for your kids, make sure you always keep that at the forefront of any decisions you make. Don't ever compromise, and be realistic about what you can and can't do within your time constraints, otherwise you may end up feeling like you are not doing a good job with either!
10% off on line orders. Use code SBS10. Scandinavian inspired colourful, quality, unusual Children's Clothes & toys. www.raspberryred.co.uk