Discover what it’s like to open your own shop
We spoke to Sinead, Founder and owner of Seed, to find out more about her journey to be a creative business owner.
Finding my first job in the field I wanted to work in was hard, it was very competitive. I applied for jobs which weren’t my ideal but gave me interview experience and a broader understanding of the industry. I also chose companies I would love to work for and applied for any available jobs, I just wanted to get a foot in the door! Once I got my first job, I stayed for 8 years and worked my way up.
I first realised I wanted to open a shop when I was around 20, but I wanted to gain industry experience first. Throughout I gained experience and saved any money I could to enable me to start my business one day. I made small steps while working; visiting trade fairs, registering the company name and creating the brand identity, all steps to keep me moving towards my end goal and help me fulfill my dream.
Yes it’s really important, Seed was started to help nurture artists and makers, working together to build their career. It’s exactly the same with nurturing a young person’s experience. I didn’t know anyone who had retail experience when I started Seed so I’ve learnt on the job, it would be nice to share the knowledge I’ve gained with someone who is shaping their future.
Lockdown has meant we’ve had to close the shop on and off over the last year and we’ve had to adapt to our new circumstances. It’s essential we continue to keep growing the online business while increasing and improving the customer experience in store.
It’s important to have done some research about who we are/ what we do, have some questions prepared and be engaged and interested in the ethos of Seed. The role requires a lot of product knowledge so I’d love someone to convey an interest in our products,design and creativity.