Being creative is tough. So is running a business.
I help women startup and grow their enterprises, without sacrificing their sanity.
I believe that everyone should be able to find/create work that: is creatively fulfilling, earns a living wage, and makes you happy. I work with individuals and organisations to deliver coaching and workshops that teach creative women to find their purpose, and turn it into a sustainable career.
I don’t want to help you define your goals or your 5 year plan. And I don’t think your business or your job is the most interesting thing about you. Instead, I help women to create a structure and boundaries for their careers, so you can focus on the things that matter to you, and enjoy what’s going on at the moment. We are often so fixated on where we need to get to, that we miss out on the opportunities and great ideas that are happening in the present.
Hello, I’m Beki.
In 2016 I left my sensible corporate job at John Lewis HQ to set up a textile studio.
Stressful, busy, and always tired, but I was running my own business and living the dream!
Fast forward two years and I realised I’d been so focused on my goals and where I wanted to be, that I hadn’t paid any attention to where I was now. I didn’t actually enjoy most of the activities I was doing day to day, they were just a means to an end, a way for me to be ‘free’ and self employed.
I noticed I most enjoyed speaking to customers about their businesses. I wanted to make a career where I did things that make me happy every day, not just as an extra when I have time.
So I made some changes. I focused more energy on using my experience of buying for a national retailer and running my homeware brand, to help other designer makers start and grow their businesses. I went on coaching courses, and studied business model and management theory at Goldsmiths’ Institute of Creative and Cultural Enterprise. I began teaching business development workshops and lecturing in creative entrepreneurship. And in 2019 I closed the textile studio to focus on training and coaching female entrepreneurs.
Some of the lovely people I have worked with along the way:
Offset Warehouse Masterclass - Beepurple Podcast - Women Who Create - Georgie St Clair - Jennifer Hamley - University of Brighton - The Collective Market - SE London Wool & Textile Festival - Institute of Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship - Drink, Shop & Do - Participatory City - University of the Arts London
Interested? Find out how we can work together.
A couple of things:
I’m very liberal with the word creative. To me creativity is trying to find solutions to problems. I don’t mind if you’re a fashion designer, setting up a cupcake business, a freelance writer, or a teacher. If you get excited about ideas, and want to make things better, then we can work together.
I mostly work with women because I believe the business support that women need is very different to men. We experience common challenges: lack of confidence, isolation, fear of failure, and balancing a career with family commitments, in particular.