My name is Sara Thomas, I own the franchise ‘Smallprint East Dorset’ and am lucky enough to have my studio at home in the beautiful New Forest.
When did you start your small business and why?
After 30 years employed within retail, it was time for a change! I had certain criteria to fulfil with a new venture; I wanted to work from home, use my creative skills, be my own boss, meet new people and offer something that people would really appreciate and cherish. Coming across Smallprint, the Original Silver Keepsake Company was the perfect solution! I started the new franchise, Smallprint East Dorset in 2017.
Tell us about your most memorable or greatest achievement so far:
Taking the plunge and leaving the safety of employment to become self-employed was a huge leap, but I have not looked back. The pleasure in creating something so unique and personal and seeing the joy on the faces of the recipient rewards me every time!
Who is your biggest influence or role model?
In business, my role model and person I most admire is Maija Pykett who started Smallprint in 2004, having had the idea when her son was just 2 years old. Smallprint is now in 22 countries with over 50 Franchises in the UK alone. However, Maija is still at the end of the phone to support the Franchisees, a truly caring family business who are passionate about the delivery of quality and innovation via each Franchisee.
What do you hope to bring to Dorset Bump to Baby Show 2018?
I think Mums-to-be and Grandmas will love the jewellery options I can discuss with them and be prepared to capture their little ones first prints when they arrive!
What’s next for Smallprint East Dorset?
As I get to meet families in my territory, (that goes from Lymington to Lyndhurst, across to Wimborne, down to Poole and everywhere in between!) I hope to be known as ‘The Fingerprint Lady’ first port of call to hand-make something beautiful!
If you could give one piece of advice for a new mum what would it be?
Enjoy every minute of your baby, having two girls myself now aged 26 & 24, those early days are so precious! Oh, and take as many pictures of number 2 or 3 baby otherwise you’ll never hear the end of it when they’re older!!
Just for fun...
City or Countryside? Definitely Countryside! I open my gate on to the forest and feel blessed every time
Bump or baby? Difficult one, I was lucky enough to have had two text book pregnancies and adored being a new Mum – sounds cheesy – I guess with age I’ve forgotten the ‘challenging bits’ take note, the sleepless nights and smelly nappy memories fade!
Chocolate or chia seeds? Definitely chocolate and lots of it!
Mumpreneur or woman in business? I am a woman in business and am totally in awe of the younger ladies out there who have had the courage to start their own businesses, especially with young families!
Tea or coffee? Tea – goes well with chocolate!
Reading a book or watching a film? Reading, I can lose myself in a good book and if I doze, I don’t have to rewind!
Obsessively Tidy or Organised Chaos?
Somewhere in the middle – I have to be tidy, with so many small parts around and having open print taking sessions in my home studio, but I like my house to be a home.
I’m really looking forward to my first Bump to Baby show and meeting all of the local mums and families, thank you for taking time to read my blog – see you soon xx
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