There are many benefits to working from home. My commute is minimal – 5 steps if I meander, and I have made it from the kitchen to my sewing room. I don’t have to worry about dodgy sandwiches for lunch. I don’t concern myself with getting the fussy one in accounts for the Chriscringle lunch.
It does mean, however, that I don’t get out much. I have my lovely Saturdays in Ennis at Chapel Lane Market, but apart from that there can be weeks where the furthest I get is the end of the road when I walk the dog in the morning.
So being shortlisted for the Bank of Ireland Start Up Awards 2015 last week was more than a bit exciting, especially as it means I have to make a trip to Grafton Street in Dublin for an interview with some of Ireland’s pre-eminent business people. Yikes.
As a result, bag manufacturing is slowing down rather dramatically as I try to get my head around the idea of a presentation. I’m wrestling with time limits, what to say, possibly more importantly, what NOT to say, and how to say it. And I’ve been trying to work out which bags to take. It’s a hard call. I may end up being a tad overloaded as I walk into my presentation, and I don’t want that. How many to take? And then there are the purses, and a pair of jeans to show how I go about manufacturing the bags. What do I hear you say? Less is more? Probably wise advice.
I even got interviewed about the Start Up Awards on Clare FM, and The Clare Herald wrote a piece about the awards too. It’s all very exciting.
Wish me luck! The Bank of Ireland Awards Ceremony is on November 12th – another trip to Dublin! I’ll let you know how I got on after that. But meanwhile, I’m just delighted to have made the national shortlist, and when my knees stop knocking, I might even get to enjoy my unexpected trip to Dublin.