The Waiting Game
All I seem to be doing is waiting. Waiting to get my furniture, Waiting to really start the business, Waiting to move into the house, Waiting for the girls to go back to school.
Life is a bit frustrating at the moment, but I know I will look back and wished I had used this time better, but currently I am one moody, irritable bitch.
I think Mum and Dad can’t wait for the day we all move out, Dad seems pissed off with the girls all the time and I think Mum thinks I am one lazy cow as I am not helping out much in the house. So I think for everyone’s sake it had better be days not
weeks until we are in our house.
As for Mia Tui, what is happening there, I am doing lots in the background trying to get things set-up for when we really do launch the brand. Nic, Rach & Helen from www.sellitbaby.co.uk are fantastic, and really helping me get the website ready to take lots of orders, the PR is just starting to kick in, we got in to a review of baby magazines on www.babyexpert.com
the sad thing is they did something strange to the pictures, the blue interior became grey, and when you show a grey interior with a silver bag it looks a bit bland..! So we are trying to sort that out. But you do wonder “Why me”
We are just about to launch the Mia Tui Loyalty scheme, people can sign up and get their friends 10% off their Mia Tui orders by using a unique code, this will then track all the people they recommend to buy a Mia Tui product, we will pay them 10% of
all orders placed via their unique promotional code. This will work well for people who have blogs or people with a huge network of friends. Go to www.miatui.com and register your interest.
It seems the government is doing a lot to help small and medium business and there is a lot of information on the internet. Business Start Ups are running some exhibitions in London. http://www.bstartup.com/
I have also found Connect London Business Club http://www.connectlondon.org/ who can offer help to companies who can demonstrate that they can grow to a £1,000,000 turn-over within 3-4 years. They make you fill in a Viability Assessment
which really makes you think about your company. I would recommend anyone who is thinking of starting a business to complete this. Go to.. www.venturenavigator.co.uk/ this is another great site from the government.
So how am I feeling after 1 month of being in the UK.? I feel pleased to be home, even when the country went slightly mad last week with the riots. I hope something good can come of this and we fix the problems that caused them. Maybe the Government
should look to bring back the YTS program and get young kids into work and gaining some skills and pride in themselves.
I do feel very sick with worry about how I am going to make Mia Tui work in the short-term and make some money, we have thrown everything we have at this and really need it to work otherwise we can’t eat..! I think people see that you have a business
and that you are doing really well.
I have Van in Vietnam who has invested a lot of money to get the factory and running and she has 45 workers that rely on her to support their families, so she needs to keep work coming in to pay them, I need to stop waiting and get going. Everything is
in place, I need the bags to be delivered and we can launch this baby and bring Mia Tui to the good people of the UK.