Going solo in business

For some starting their own business has always been the dream, for others chats over wine with a friend encouraged them to taking the plunge. The two things entrepreneurs have in common is an idea and passion.

SWEET ROSIE

A creative flair is a positive when it comes to owning a business. Rosalind Morrison has been running her jewellery business for over 15 years and it all came from a love of creating, crafting, and a drive to be her own boss.

Being a business owner comes with hard work, but it allows you to be in complete control of your day. “You can set your own timetable. I like to get up early and crack on with the day, but it’s great having the freedom of suiting your own situation rather than being stuck in a rut,” explains Rosalind.

Turning old jewellery into stunning bespoke pieces of art has elevated Rosalind’s career.

With customers from across the world, including Gok Wan, Fearne Cotton, and many more famous faces, Rosalind has proven that creative minds have what it takes to conquer the world of business. Nine to five was so last year.

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TAILS OF TRANQUILITY

Dogs are our best friends: they’re friendly, a little kooky at times, and full of love. Laura Baillie took her love for all things four legged and opened a dog walking and day care business in Glasgow. Leaving the hustle and bustle of office life came after a friendly suggestion.

“It all happened by accident after I spent a summer looking after a friend’s dogs while they went on holiday. One evening I was sitting with a neighbour and she suggested we set up a home business for dog walking, day care and boarding,” explains Laura. “By the end of the week I had done my research, got the insurance in place and a website online. The following week we got our first customers.”

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Starting a business has never been easier thanks to the internet. Getting advice and support from similar enterprises has been part of the

success for Tails of Tranquillity. Joining networks catering for small business owners and dog care businesses has been a valuable support system for Laura and her team.

Having not felt the dreaded Sunday night blues for eight years, Laura knows the rewards of being a business owner, and has reaped the benefits. Laura says: “Go for it. We have helped four people set up their own dog business over the years and all of them are much happier and fulfilled in their new careers.”

Get your tail wagging with Tails of Tranquillity here.

SOCIAL BITE

After reading Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus’ books, which advocates running a business to solve social challenges

instead of making money, two budding entrepreneurs were inspired. In 2012, Josh Littlejohn and his business partner Alice Thompson opened the doors of Social Bite for the first time.

On the outside, Social Bite is a quaint café serving up a piping hot cuppa joe alongside a hearty sandwich, but it’s so much more than that: the

social enterprise works to support the homeless community in Scotland with a pay it forward service: you buy a brew and pay for a meal for a homeless person. It’s simple, yet effective.

Josh says: “Initially our business plan was really simple; we would provide great food and fresh coffee, hopefully make a profit, and then distribute

the money to causes we were passionate about. It wasn’t until we were approached by a homeless man looking for a job that we changed our whole business model, and decided that we would not only help feed the homeless, but employ them, too.”

Today Social Bite has five sandwich shops situated across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and provides 100,000 items of hot food and drinks per year to homeless people in need. A quarter of its employees have experienced homelessness.

Social Bite shows that opening a business doesn’t have to be all about the money – sometimes it’s about heart, too. Josh and Alice used their

commitment and passion to help homeless people and now they not only have a successful business, but have attracted the attention and support of Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, too.

You can pay it forward at any social Bite café, find your local café here.

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