We offer a collection of unique, hand-crafted metal, wire & semi-precious gemstones jewellery created individually in our design studio in Stamford, Lincolnshire. We also cut and polish semi precious stones and other rocks (Lapidary). We accept bespoke Lapidary, Jewellery making & Wire Sculpture Tree commissions. Do Visit our website & Online Showroom: www.shaliniaustin.co.uk

Saturday, 7 December 2013

#smallbizsatuk... These small businesses...

...they are everywhere! On your high street, in local markets, in that little corner shop unit near your house, occasionally working out of a van (electricians, food sellers, decorators...).

And in this age of technology, a lot of them are on the internet. Some because that is their business model and some because they have not yet got to the point where they could afford premises on the high street to open a brick and mortars shop. (That will be me then!) Some of us are working very hard towards having a little shop. In the mean time we are still trading and open for business on-line.

On Small Business Saturday why not take a browse around the interweb and seek out small, individual businesses (like mine) in your area. You know they are there. They have websites and on-line shops you can buy from.

  • You have met them at local markets / craft fairs.
  • You have friends who have told you about their friend - who makes jewellery - restores furniture - makes hand crafted accessories - is a painter and decorator - and so on. Well, give them a call, visit their website and shop from them!
  • They are even your neighbours sometimes, working from home in their spare bedroom! 

It really is very simple! The money you spend in their shop is what pays their bills, their mortgage and what they use to buy things. This is what they do for a living!

Just like anyone else in any profession if you don't get paid you don't eat. Unless you spend your money at the little local shops and on-line businesses we self-employed small business owners don't get paid. It is our livelihood and we rely on our customers to earn a living.

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