In order to start promoting and get an idea of how social media can help promote and advertise me and my work I created a Facebook Website much like some of my fellow Makers have which respectively allows me to see how well and far my posts are travelling on social media and what better place to start than Facebook that connects you to millions of people instantaneously. With this being a first attempt the look and feel of this page will alter and redesign over time as I gain more confidence and understanding of success through media but I like to think ive made the best start possible.
And to promote ive attached the most recent works like the piece above to show the current stages of work at this moment in time.
As part of the Centre for Entrepreneurship scheme the aim is in time to be able to create a successful built model of the company/business that you wish to see made reality. Over many sessions we have been covering key areas that are necessary such as funding but also other areas such as how others can help your business where you can’t (speciality knowledge). Obviously Art is an area that does well but like a well-oiled machine it needs many working parts to stay strong and active as if one part goes then its collateral for the rest. My business idea is much like all my work and interactions in life really. That being massively over complicated with a much easier way of doing things hidden in plain sight, but where is the fun in that is. Speaking to Lauren the leader of the program I discussed that over time I’d like to expand what my business is about and as I build contacts hopefully they can help with the structure of this.
Starting at an easier point there was the workshop discussion. With their being so many art materials and practices there Is as a big a market for Craft and the hands on Craft as there is for the outcomes themselves so I came up with the idea of having a few workshops to show how those who would like to do this but have no idea how to do this can achieve this goal. From a Maker student perspective there are many workshops that require some form of machinery assistance which is obviously costly but are more secondary to the process than the idea behind how to make, As examples I came up with three areas that I would research into how I could make a profit and achieve goals that stay true to the meaning of the business thesis respectively these areas being:-
Taking these areas forward I would begin to analyse just what exactly I could achieve now and what would take time and further investment to get, but at least this will produce a starting result.
During this week’s workshop myself and fellow students across mainly Maker and the Business Studies courses at Cardiff Met began highlighting the areas of individual importance to our business ideas in their early form. Due to being a Maker and the need to be able to promote our skills and promote our work this is a central part of my business idea that allows me to help myself but also help others. To help us highlight and break down the central parts of this idea we mind mapped ideas these areas being :-
- Money In and Money Out
This was displayed to each individual at the meeting to Make notes on using sticky pad notes to highlight with our individual ideas of what each area means to our ideas. These areas developed in further detail being : –
- Compatibility –
- Competitors – Who are your Competitors? What do your competitors do well and not so well? Why will people choose you ahead of your competitors?
- Customers – What is the size of the market? Who are your customers (Gender, Age, Lifestyle)? How will you get your customers?
- Concept – What is the idea? What does it do? What problem does it solve or need does it meet?
- Passion – How much do you love the thought of running your own business?
- Resilience – How well do you think you stick to tasks when things get tough?
- Communication – How confident are you at communicating your ideas?
- Planning – How well do you believe you plan and keep on top of things?
- Network – How much support do you feel you will get from your network (Family, friends)?
5. Contents – what are the necessary ingredients of the idea? What things will you need to do to make the idea happen?
6. Cost/Money – In – How will you make money? What initial funding do you think you might need?
Cost money – Out – What are the things you will need to spend money on to make the idea happen?
With each part we highlighted key aspects and important parts to each section that over the weeks will become more and more filled out and professional.