It's taken nearly 8 years, but this weekend we finally hit our goal of sending out ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND orders on notonthehighstreet.com. I can hardly believe it!
I am so very grateful to the NOTHS team, to all our customers and to the Bespoke Verse team members (past & present) who lovingly printed and packed all these orders.
When I opened my storefront on NOTHS in January 2013, we were a unique business providing bespoke commissions as well as rhyming gifts. Since then, similar businesses have sprung up or changed their focus to verse, and our niche is no longer a niche - poetry has become incredibly popular!
Joining NOTHS literally changed my life. It provided a springboard that allowed me to support my family, make wonderful new friends, build confidence to try new things, expand the business into wholesale and retail shows, get stocked in John Lewis and Paperchase, write for celebrities, send orders to the Royal Family, travel, win awards, go on TV and radio.... None of this would have happened without the income, support and tremendous opportunity NOTHS has given me.
Running a small business involves a lot of hard work and heartache. It is 24-7. But it is incredibly rewarding and once you've been your own boss, there is no going back. Who knows what the future will bring but I am increasingly drawn to the idea of writing a book of poetry; something very different in style to the verses we sell here!
If you're reading this then thank you for being interested in my small business. If you haven't visited notonthehighstreet.com in a while, then do take a look at the beautiful products on there at the moment. As cheesy as it sounds, you really could change somebody's life.