When Jemma was made redundant from her telesales job for a brewery, she decided that with two children (the youngest just a baby) she didn’t want to go back to a 9 to 5 job. She had always been artistic, and having already tried out a casting kit on her newborn baby, she knew that making keepsakes was what she wanted to do.
After searching for some courses, Jemma came across Victoria at The Keepsake Co. She was able to take her baby girl along with her, and says that the Keepsake Castings and then the Keepsake Jewellery courses were ‘fantastic, with a very warm welcome and lots of hands-on training’. Jemma came away feeling very positive and, with plenty of guidance and support, she launched Peek a Boo Castings.
Jemma now runs her Bristol based business offering 3D Castings, Raised Impressions and Personalised Silver Jewellery, around her two young children.
She says: "I take bookings to work around my children. I’m able to work from home and do the hours I want, so I have the freedom to do what I want when I want and take time out as and when I need it."
Of course, it’s not an easy thing to run a business and Jemma admits that there are constant challenges, such as managing her time around the children’s needs and being disciplined enough to focus on working at home without getting distracted by household chores. She says that being part of the Keepsake Co has made the whole process of starting a business so much simpler, because she can always get advice and support about anything she’s struggling with, from ladies who have been where she is and know how to succeed.
Jemma is also going to be venturing into pet castings soon, and says that she is very excited about the future of her business and where it’s going to take her.
If you’re thinking of starting a home based creative business, The Keepsake Co can train you, help you with a professional brand and a website, guide you through all of the scary stuff, and support and assist you with every aspect of growing your very own business.
They have a structure which can help EVERYONE start where they are.
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From the moment I made contact with The Keepsake Co and to this day I have felt like a valued member of the team. All my questions and concerns are always dealt with in the most professional way. It took me a while to decide on the package I felt was right for me and at no time did I feel under any pressure to commit.Angela, Lemonlily Keepsakes
Victoria is such a brilliant tutor. She takes things at your pace, is full of encouragement and really makes you feel as though you can do anything! I came away from my first session with her and knew that this was going to be an exciting adventure. I worked from home for a couple of years before opening my shop just under 4 years ago.Ceri. Lollipops & Ladybirds
I have found The Keepsake Association fundamental in setting up my own business. The structure is invaluable, guiding you through the process and making sure you don’t overlook any important aspects, but giving you the freedom to manage things in your own way, at your own pace and with your own creativity and ideas! Victoria and the team are extremely passionate and dedicated.Lois, The Wishing Jar
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