START & GROW YOUR UPCYCLING BUSINESS

Learn to Plan, Market & Manage your business so you can focus on creating beautiful pieces of bespoke furniture

YOU WOULD LIKE TO ...

- Turn your passion for restoring, upcycling & transforming furniture into a source of income.

Create your own line of products for that spotted gap in the market, maybe for children’s nurseries or based on a specific style.

Increase your services as an Interior designer and propose a new way of keeping and transforming your client’s existing furniture to match their new style.

Expand the range of products in your shop with your own upcycled products and increase your sales.

Customise the decoration for each event you run and stand out from the crowd without having to pay someone to do it.

 

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... BUT AT THE MOMENT YOU ARE FEELING ...

Confused

You may have spent hours making something beautiful, yet you don't know where you are going to be selling, or if you need a website or what to focus on.

Frustrated

You have lots of ideas for your new products, but you don't know if people are going to like them, or what materials you need or how much they are going to cost, let alone how you are going to price them.

Stuck

You have your products ready to go, you have been at market fairs and sold a few pieces, you need to move your business to the next level but you don't know how to create a good online presence or how to use Social Media.

Time & Resources Constrained

You have been doing this as a hobby, or around your children and full time job and would like to start making a income, even if you are running it as a side business.

 

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Running a business is much more than just the creative stuff and it can be overwhelming if you don’t know how to start or what you are going to need.

What if you had a step by step system to help you get the business side organised, so you can focus on your creative work?.

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START & GROW YOUR UPCYCLING BUSINESS

The "Start & Grow your Upcycling Business" is a small business program for creative people teaching the basics of building a small business.

The three stages of the program are START, MARKETING and GROW, and in each of these you will learn what you need to do to move your business to the next stage.

If you’re not sure where to start, what you need, or you just don't have the time to research through the amount of information and resources available online, these courses will help you set a plan, gain confidence in your business idea and will give you the tools you need to move forward.



HOW WILL THIS COURSE HELP ME?

START: CREATE A SOLID BUSINESS FOUNDATION

  • Lesson 1 : Define your long and short term goals, create an action plan so you know what to do next and understand the main requirements for your business.
  • Lesson 2 : Research into your target market, find out who your customers are and why they would buy from you. Create or refine your products so they are remarkable. Set your prices and learn why pricing your products is not just about the time you spend working on them.
  • Lesson 3 : Define a value proposition that will make your business different.
  • Lesson 4 : Prepare your materials, tools and workshop space.
  • BONUS 1 : Create a simple website in WordPress, a Facebook page and an Instagram account.
  • BONUS 2: Start selling to test your idea and the market

THE START MODULE WILL HELP YOU IF:

  • You like upcycling and have been doing it as a hobby for yourself, friends & family.
  • You have an idea but haven't really completed or sold any pieces yet.
  • You have sold a few pieces but you struggle to decide where to sell or how to find your customers.
  • Your products do not follow a consistent style and you lack of ideas.

MARKETING: BECOME VISIBLE

  • Lesson 1: Design a unique Brand to be used across the business and learn how good photography of your products can change everything.
  • Lesson 2: Improve your website and learn the 5 must haves that attract customers. Engage with your potential clients and build a mailing list.
  • Lesson 3: Create a marketing plan, revisit your Facebook Page & Instagram account and learn the top tips for social media success.
  • Lesson 4: Review and improve your Etsy store (or create one if you don't have it yet).
  • BONUS 1: Visibility challenge, this is a 5 day mini course packed with lots of tips & actions to help you become more visible!
  • BONUS 2: How to use Canva to create your marketing materials.

THE MARKETING MODULE WILL HELP YOU IF:

  • You have been upcycling for a while and you are getting busy with commissions or word of mouth.
  • You would like to be able to sell your finished pieces online.
  • You have a website but it looks dated and could do with a bit of TLC!
  • You would like to set up or improve your Etsy shop.

GROW -  SCALE YOUR BUSINESS

  • Lesson 1: Understand what skills you need to learn or to outsource.
  • Lesson 2: Learn and apply the main techniques to grow your business (SEO, find new customers through Facebook Ads, work on partnerships)
  • Lesson 3: Create and keep your basic accounts in Excel or using a commercial package. Define the 5 systems you need to stay on top of your business and efficiently manage your time & plan your work.
  • Lesson 4: Advanced Pricing for Business Profit.

THE GROW MODULE WILL HELP YOU WHEN:

  • You are already upcycling your own pieces and are running a business.
  • You have a website or an Etsy shop and would like to promote your products and services efficiently.
  • You spend too much time doing admin and would like to automate some of your systems.
  • Although you are always busy, your profits are low and would like to know how to price your products so you can make a bigger profit.

THIS COURSE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

WHAT DO I GET WITH THE COURSE?


ONLINE COURSE & MENTORING


The courses are all online, so you only need an internet connection. Most of the materials can be downloaded for you to use at your own time. 

There is one lesson per week, so you have time to go through the materials and ask all the questions. 

PLUS

You will have access to our community (Private Facebook group) for the duration of the course, 12 weeks, where all our members and students hang out!. 

In this group you will be able to:

  • Get Support and Accountability whilst you go through the course materials.
  • Bounce your ideas with me and other creatives & upcyclers
  • Scheduled hours for you to ask me any question.
  • Weekly challenges on what is currently stopping you, such as:
    • I have no products,
    • I don't know where to find customers,
    • I have no social media knowledge.
  • And actions to overcome these such as:
    • contact 5 potential clients this week,
    • finish that piece which has been gathering dust for the past year,
    • flog something on ebay.

 

Hi, I'm Inma Goodhew.

I have been teaching how to upcycle furniture at The Old School Club for a few years now. During the classes it became clear that most of the students who came to learn how to upcycle furniture wanted to ultimately set up a business. Using my experience running my own business (what has gone right and what has gone wrong!) and upcycling furniture I have put together this course to help you plan, market and manage your upcycling business.

THIS COURSE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

FAQ

How will this course help me? 

You can start all this by yourself, researching other blogs, trying to copy someone else’s style, subscribe to business sites, learning all the technical and admin stuff or you can buy the course that suits you best and take your upcycling business to the next level.

This course has already been provided, tested and it keeps improving thanks to all your feedback.

The course is not for you if you expect that we are going to do it for you, it is your business and your plan of action.  The course is very practical and easy to follow, with exercises for you to complete, but you have to put time and effort!

If I don’t like the course, can I get my money back?

Unfortunately we can't offer refunds at this point in time, however if you don't think the course works for you, you will be able to schedule a one to one session so I can try to help with any specific issues you may have. 

 

When will the course will be available?

You will have access to the course as soon as you make the purchase. The lessons are provided week after week, this is so I can make sure you make progress when going through the materials. You can still take the course at your own time. Follow the steps on the first email you receive after you purchase the course. 

How much time will I need to spend on the course? 

It is really up to you, but I recommend between 2 to 4 hours per lesson, some of them may take you less or longer depending on what stage you are at, you will need to do some research and come back to the exercises. 

What is the format of the course?

The course contains easy to follow tutorials with exercises (no business or complicated jargon), practical tips on each section and checklists to make sure you are ready to move to the next section.

The creative skills videos are filmed at our workshop in Battersea, London. We will cover similar techniques to those I teach every day at The Old School Club. 

The bonuses will be a combination of tutorials & videos.

The community group is a private Facebook Group available during the duration of the course, after this time, you will be able to continue if you join TCR Collective.

What will you provide through the community group?

The main purpose of the community is to help you through the course but also for you to feel motivated, engaged and to bounce your ideas with me and other creatives.  There will be a set of scheduled hours where I will provide feedback and I will be setting up weekly challenges.

You have 12 weeks access to the community group to complete the course. After this time, you will be invited to join the TCR Collective, our online community & members area (aprox £25/$30 per month).

In TCR Collective, you will have access to any content updates added to the course and will be part of a community of upcyclers, home makers & other creative businesses.

 

How do I register? What happens next? 

To register for the courses, go to the course details and click on Purchase.

The payment gateway is via Paypal. You don't need a Paypal account to make the payment, you may enter a Debit/Credit card. Please make sure that you enter a valid email address and one you regularly use, as this is the one we will use to create your profile and to communicate with you.

Once you have completed the payment you will receive an email with the registration details (and an invitation to join the Facebook Group), follow the one simple step and you will be able to access your first lesson straight away.

Earnings Disclaimer

When addressing financial information in this page, videos, newsletters, programmes or other materials related to this course, every effort has been made to accurately represent this product. These do not represent a promise of guarantee of earnings. Earning potential is entirely dependent on the person taking the course. By purchasing any of the courses in the " Start & Build an upcycling business" program, you accept, agree and understand that you take full responsibility for your progress and results in business. Your level of success in attaining successful results depends on the time you devote to the course and your business, ideas, your finances, knowledge and various skills, since these factors differ according to individuals, we cannot guarantee success or income level, nor are we responsible for any of your actions.