How I started my business

How I started my business

Sarah is an Online HNC Business student at EThames. Here’s her story of how she created her wildly successful business – Flumpy Buttons.

“I started Flumpy Buttons after I was made redundant in February 2012. I was an NVQ/QCF trainer/assessor for childcare, teaching assistants, administrators (level 2) and team leaders at the time. Due to changes in the funding structure and the fact that businesses seemed to be apprehensive about training staff due to the economic climate. Our department took a huge hit in falling numbers, reduced funding and our team were made redundant.”

Sarah, Flumpy Buttons“I struggled to find employment and decided to take some time out and do something that I enjoyed. So I started up Flumpy Buttons in February (2012) just to keep me busy. I initially sold sewing kits and made little personalised car rear view mirror fobs. I had also been making a couple of packs of wedding confetti for friends and family. In 2013 I attended around 6 weddings and every bride had complained that they couldn’t find confetti to match their colour scheme. I had a thought and did some investigating. I looked at weddings, themes, wedding sizes and started to look around suppliers.”

“In February 2014 I decided to take the plunge and start creating confetti as a full time job.”

“I do everything related to the business. Nothing is out sourced to another company. That means I do the product making, answering emails, meeting brides and grooms, photography, finance, marketing, social media, tax returns etc. My confetti is made from tissue paper that is kind to the environment. It is recyclable, uses soy based inks and is certified by the sustainable forestry initiative.”

“I have sold to 30 countries and I’ve been in national bridal magazines. My confetti has been used for weddings, birthdays, gender reveal parties, baby showers, in TV productions and even an awards ceremony.”

“But there is a price to this. I work everyday and up to 16 hours most days. I am at the stage where I need to employ someone, but not really financially secure enough to with the added extras that go with taking that first step, such as tax, insurance, NI & pensions. Not to mention adapting my workshop to meet the health and safety regulations for employing someone. I am looking to wind down the business as the demand is too high but so are the costs to make it bigger and I have been cautious in making that leap.”

“I decided that I needed a qualification that showed my capabilities. The Online HNC Business course is perfect for me to prove that. I am also ready to move forward in my professional life and start working for an employer. I look forward to the next step in my academic development by progressing onto the HND Business course in the future.”

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