#SBS has caused a real buzz around Vintage Photo Lab. It's such a great concept and I was surprised how mature the #SBS "community" is. It really feels like joining a club, which I wasn't expecting. It's already led to some great new connections and I look forward to becoming an active member of the club.
I left a career in corporate IT to start my own business as it was always something I had wanted to do. I worked with some great people at some amazing companies, including BBC, Deloitte, Cadburys, Prosource, BP and FirstGroup. I just couldn't shake the feeling that I wanted to build my own 'thing', whatever that might be.
A couple of chance conversations and a search to get some photos digitised for a relative, all led me towards starting Vintage Photo Lab. Photography has become so popular with the advent of the digital camera and then the smartphone, coupled with the vast array of tools we have to share it all, but it's all so different to an old photo.
So many people still have thousands of amazing old photos, often forgotten in a loft or attic. It's now my mission to help them all to dig out and relive those old memories and to preserve these often amazing stories for generations to come.
Try to see everything from the customer's point of view. If you get lazy on this front you'll soon end up like everyone else doing the same old things in the same old ways.
You don't need to reinvent the wheel but try to make it better, different, more appealing, bigger, faster, smaller, more personal more whatever etc. You need to stand out.
Don't be afraid to be different. I've learnt most people have inherited ways of doing things or ways that they play the rules. Sometimes it needs someone to shake things up and to do things how it's best to do them, not because it's always been done like that. Challenge the status quo.
You can always sprinkle a little fun into everything. Don't be grey. Life's too short!