What was it like starting up your own
In lots of ways it feels like an accident.
Starting a creative project, discovering people were interested, developing my
skills and slowly (often reluctantly) adding on the necessary ‘business’ bits
that I need to keep going and become more professional.
I’m not particularly organised and I freeze
up around anything to do with numbers. But I am wildly optimistic and get so
much out of making good things, by hand, for good people.
Committing to Francli as a business
required juggling part-time work, long working hours (including most weekends)
and zero financial security. The lifestyle I wanted and my love of making came
first; the need to make it a sustainable business came second, so it’s been a
massive learning curve.
It has been a never-ending list of
contradictions: exciting and daunting, confusing and enlightening, freeing and
exhausting, frustrating and rewarding - with the pros always outweighing the