We’re just a few weeks into 2020 but already so much has changed for us, the biggest thing being that we finally have our own studio! No longer are we working out of our home, now we have our own studio in an old mill building in Leeds and it’s wonderful. Being self-employed is stressful and it honestly takes over your life, you can never truly switch off and relax. This is amplified when you are literally working from your home – I can’t count the number of times I told myself I was finished working for the day, only to keep glancing at my desk from the corner of my eye and 10 minutes later finding myself sat there doing ‘just one more task’.
Moving House Of Bats into the studio has meant that now when I am home I am truly at home – there is no desk there, no supplies…if I decide to do ‘just one more task’ it means hopping in my car and driving 20 minutes and honestly at the end of a hard days work that’s the last thing I want to do! Now you might think that not having everything to hand would make me less productive, but frankly the reverse has happened. The distractions of my sofa, of the household chores to be done, are all gone. Plus, I’m no longer on my own – I share the studio with 2 fellow small businesses. Honestly I am an introvert, but even I was finding myself feeling increasingly lonely working alone at home. Here at the studio myself, Sophie of Silly Loaf and Amy of Red Paper House are able to support each other through the tough times and celebrate the successes of our respective businesses. Though our styles are rather different, we all experience the same struggles and having the support of my friends has encouraged me to forge ahead with my plans for the business at a far faster rate than I would have done on my own.
So far, just a few weeks into being in the studio, I have designed 2 new collections (early stages folks, don’t get too excited yet!), designed and released a range of greetings cards via Thortful and revamped my wholesale catalogue – all while keeping on top of orders, social media, admin etc. Not bad going, if I do say so myself!
Has the new year brought big changes for you?
Let me know in the comments,
Anna Bat x