Happy Birthday Creative Calligraphy!

BRING out the birthday cake – Creative Calligraphy is one year old today!

After months of careful planning and preparation, I took the plunge and started trading on May 27, 2014, and now’s a good time to take stock of the last 12 months.

CLP_1809I’ve got almost 30 orders in the book – that’s at least two a month, on average. I’ve actually had an enquiry for a wedding in 2018, so someone has faith in my longevity!

My Facebook page has 310 ‘likes’ and I’ve got more than 460 followers on Twitter. Social media for business is just one of the many things I’ve had to get to grips with!

Networking was also new to me, but thanks to the likes of The Inspire Network and The Enterprise Club at the North East BIC, I’ve gained tips and advice and grown in confidence.

bede taster 4I’ve also learned so much through the weekly calligraphy class I attend, adding several new styles to my repertoire and picking up some crafting tips.

In turn, I have passed on my skills to others, by holding drop-in calligraphy sessions at Bede’s World and workshops with children at Ridgeway Primary School (which I also secured sponsorship for).

customs houseWedding fairs have also given me a chance to showcase my skills and it’s been great mixing with wedding industry professionals and chatting to couples planning their nuptials.

I’ve also been promoting my business in bridal magazines and local press – and in a unique piece of public art at Bede Metro Station in Jarrow.

Over the next year I’ll be focusing on marketing and building my business further.

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