Prior to starting The Homeworker Magazine I became aware of many small-scale businesses when I began working with a tech startup in Australia (that’s a whole other story in itself).
My attention was then drawn to the sheer volume of micro business owners, working from their spare room, making, creating, writing, selling, coaching and serving others when I became a mum.
My world opened up to the books, blogs and parenting groups. There were so many of us reassessing the direction in which we took our careers. We wanted more flexibility, needed fewer hours, and felt a loss of identity that spurred us on to regain a piece of ourselves that involved using our brains and returning to the adult world.
There are many others who I’ve met who aren’t necessarily parents, who just want to work for themselves, have autonomy over decision-making, grow an idea and enjoy the eventual perks of owning a business.
Parent or not, everyone is creating something that is unique, solely theirs and learning along the way.
When I started meeting so many talented small business owners and women just starting out on their journey, I also realised that I was catching just a small snapshot of a much bigger picture. The few people in my street could be replicated across other streets in the town, across towns throughout the country.
Even then, it still surprised me that figures from the the UK government show that 96% of the 5.7 million UK businesses are micro businesses (0-9 employees).
Over on Instagram I wanted to get behind the small business movement because these were people, mostly women, like you and I, who do the happy dance whenever someone chooses to buy small.
Twelve days of an (early) Christmas Advent Calendar saw me feature over 30 small businesses and their lovingly handmade or unique items.
The gallery below gives you a little more information about some of these business because we like to tell you about these folks and as we all know, it’s important to know who you’re buying from.
I give you the small business gift selection which featured on the InstAdvent Calendar!
Fran is all about bringing positivity to the world. She designs her her Happi Empire products down in Cornwall to share mindfulness and positive vibes through her journals, playbooks and oracle cards.