In our lecture today, Dawn Shand talked about the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE). It is an organisation which encourages, helps and inspires young budding designers with their potential businesses in Scotland.
It gave me relief to know that there were actually people out there who are willing to help an are experienced within the field. As you can actually go to them and get advice on your ideas if you are thinking about building a company – they could probably even tell you whether it would be a ready to get out in the market. So we are not all lost!
She gave us pointers to where student businesses could begin or even be run through:
>Ebay/Etsy – could easily be used as a part-time basis by selling your pieces online.
>Tutoring – there are lots of people looking for tutors so you can build a reputation by teaching people your skills.
> Online Business – creating your own website dedicated to selling your work.
So how do you go about building a business? You have to really investigate what the market NEEDS. Here’s a true story: there were families stuck at the airport when their flights were delayed. Their children were bored out of their brains so the families started using their own suitcases as transport trollies and started wheeling them about on them! What a fab idea! This is when the Trunki was born.
The designer spotted impatient toddlers and found a great niche in the market! So people out there niches can come from anywhere – keep your eyes open!