A Bideford woman who has made it her mission to help other creatives says it is an exciting time to be an entrepreneur.
Tracey Benton set up Devon Pop-Ups last year to run events and monthly networking sessions for creative entrepreneur.
But the success of these has led Tracey to organise ‘BossAss’ business day-courses, helping creative businesses to work on aspects such as blogging, branding and pricing.
Speaking in the week of GCSE results, Tracey said the opportunities out there to become a creative entrepreneur were very exciting for young people.
Tracey said: “For kids thinking about their career plan, I think opportunities for employment in North Devon can be limited, but for being an entrepreneur it is very exciting.
“The internet offers so much more opportunity than there was when I left school.
“Having an idea is the easy part, but if you’re prepared to sit down and work hard there are so many opportunities for creative and industrious people.”
Tracey comes from a marketing background, but for the last four years has run her own felting business from her Bideford studio in Bridgeland Street.
She said the idea for the ‘BossAss’ workshops came about from her own learning.
“I had some real skill gaps and I thought, if I want to learn about this, then other creatives might too,” she said.
“For example I needed to upgrade my website but didn’t know how, so one of the workshops will be about creating your own website from scratch.”
All of the workshops will be aimed at creative entrepreneurs and are run from Tracey’s studio with a limited number of spaces.
On September 13, Devon Pop-Ups will be hosting a workshop on branding with Alessia Sheldon, who worked on the rebranding of the North Devon Against Domestic Abuse shops in Barnstaple.
On September 27 and October 11 will be a workshop on ‘the money mindset’. October 4 will play host to the build a website workshop and December 6’s event will be all about launching a blog for your business.
As well as the BossAss workshops, Tracey also organises events such as the artisan market which will be at Barnstaple Pannier Market on November 4.
For more information or to book visit devon-pop-ups.co.uk.