"Being self-employed is a 100% the best decision we made in order to juggle a young family. With being our own boss, there’s no pressure of reporting in to someone therefore allowing you to do 'mummy jobs' (i.e. school runs) around meeting clients. If you’re clever with your time, you will be able to spend quality time with your family whilst running your business. Being a new mum is testing however if you plan your days around naps etc, it’s amazing how much you get done!
Looking back to our first booking it was a very small one. They only wanted a few things from us however this seemed to ease us in gently. It was a great experience and we had such positive feedback which filled us with confidence for our next one."
"There’s soooo many!! The biggest one is not to be afraid to charge a client for what they’re asking, as well as your time! It’s so tempting to undercut yourselves because you’re so desperate for the booking and you don’t want to scare them off. We have to keep reminding ourselves that we are offering quality products with outstanding service and for this there is a cost.
The reason we took the plunge and committed to Ambience was for us to experience a better work life balance. If in three years we had a full stock bank that will allow us to achieve as near to 100% profit as possible, with 2 weddings a month, we’d be happy. Any more then that would be amazing!"
"We are fortunate to have some of the best wedding venues in the UK right on our doorstep but if we could choose it would probably be an unknown forest somewhere or maybe a gorgeous outdoor venue in Monaco or the Amalfi Coast!"
Sandie Edgar launched Ambience Edinburgh in April 2008 and has recently signed her third term.
Tina swaps her career in visual merchandising for wedding venue styling!
Emma and Adam launch Ambience in Teesside. They joined Ambience as stylists in early July 2017.
Donna Wojtas is the proud owner of Ambience Venue Styling Bradford and Halifax. Donna joined Ambience as a stylist in October 2014.
Hana came from working in retail for over 13 years and she joined Ambience as a stylist in January 2016.
Hannah and Laura are proud owners of Ambience Venue Styling Hertfordshire. The sister team joined Ambience as stylists in October 2016.
Lenka Lockley and her husband Mark Lockley own the Ambience Venue Styling franchise in Derbyshire.
Laura Clark tells us that she started her Ambience Venue Styling business to have a more flexible work life balance.
Joining Ambience has allowed my husband and I the change in lifestyle we were searching for. Back in 2008 I was ready for a fresh challenge and my husband, Gareth, was disillusioned with his current employment. Each of us brings something different to the business which has enabled us to compensate for each other’s weaknesses whilst exploiting the other’s strengths.Sandie Edgar - Edinburgh Franchisee
Buying an Ambience franchise was the best thing I’ve ever done. I had the regular concerns that all people considering buying into a franchise would have as well as the fear of the self-employed world but after going across to Head Office and meeting the team there, I quickly began to realise that I had stumbled across something amazing!Laura Clark - York Franchisee
I have owned the Leeds area of Ambience for over seven years now and I’m delighted with how the business has grown. Our Head Office has been a huge support during that time including last minute stock requests, advice on business growth, new product development and motivation at our annual conference.Lindsay Chalfont - Leeds Franchisee
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