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Growing A Business… On Your Own Terms!

Growing A Business… On Your Own Terms!

What are the rules to running your own business? In short, there are none! MINT member Keely Pearce shares her story. For those of you who might not know me, I’m Keely and I’m a paper cutting artist. I wear all the hats at kppapercuts, which I started about four years...

Wholesale Selling for Makers

Wholesale Selling for Makers

Have you dreamed of getting your product on the shelves of your local stores? It can be simpler than you think, as MINT member Liza Johnson explains... As a producer and a retailer, I have seen both sides of this transition and wanted to offer my observations and...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Laura Forsyth

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Laura Forsyth

Reflections on my Business Consultancy in a year of lockdown craziness. Oh, my goodness, what an important and very interesting thing to do - to reflect over the past locked down year. Literally, a few days before lockdown #1 in 2020, I had a fab proactive business...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Dr Rebecca

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Dr Rebecca

Life in lockdown - is it possible to be joyous? That is quite a question isn’t it? Gosh! Have you had much joy in the last year? I bet you’ve had some disappointment, sorrow, frustration, restriction and maybe even depression. I really hope that you’ve not been...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Sarah Johnson

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Sarah Johnson

I still can’t believe we are a year on after watching the televised briefing to the nation to stay at home. I remember breaking down in tears to my husband with shock. What did it mean? How was it going to affect us, our friends and family, our jobs, the life we knew?...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Samantha Hunter

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Samantha Hunter

Grab a cuppa... ...and enjoy 10 minutes reading my newest blog post, 'the last year' round up! We're all living and coping (just about!) through this crazy time of a global pandemic and all of the changes it brings with it. I have taken so much from this year, it will...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Lisa Cryer

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Lisa Cryer

On the MINT Business Club social media channels, we were asked to come up with one word to describe the difference in our business compared to 12 months ago. My word was ‘existing’. BlueJay Body, Mind & Soul came about thanks to the pandemic. I left teaching over...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Rachael Beattie

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Rachael Beattie

Another day of lockdown 3 in full swing which means homeschooling and juggling life, we are doing our best. I can feel our energy low today so we decided to have a cozy afternoon in our jammies, put the school work away for the afternoon and just be still together...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Carrie Pearson

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Carrie Pearson

So looking back on the last year, there have been a lot of ups and downs, trying to juggle our own fears and emotions, while trying to be a functioning adult and look after our kids. Struggling with the idea of them being out of school, back in school, school working...

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Laura Thomson

MINT Member Lockdown Reflections: Laura Thomson

One year on… say goodbye to the side-hustle... March 2020 we added some new words to our vocabulary: Unprecedented Furloughed COVID-19 One word is the most prominent for me because it changed everything I knew… furloughed, within a few minutes of hearing the word for...