Running her own business has been just the cup of tea for former student Jules Quinn. When, on placement in London, she was sent to buy teabags for the office, she spotted a gap in the market, and after a good deal of research and planning, set up her young, fresh, design-led tea company, The *TeaShed.
“Getting up in the morning to do something you love is just the most rewarding thing ever” says Jules. Her passion and enthusiasm for her business is infectious, and a big part of its success.
Importing quality whole leaf tea from Sri Lanka and marketing her own, funky tea brand has been a successful move, as The *TeaShed teabags are now sold in major department stores, online and featured at events including student fresher fairs and the BBC Proms.
Jules acknowledges there’s been a lot to learn, especially about the financial side of her business. Now she’s using Sage One Accounts to keep track of her sales.
Because it’s online, it helps her fit business around her lifestyle:
“I access Sage One from my desktop and my Macbook,” Jules explains, “but it means, if I’m staying at a friends’ house, I can use their desktop or iPad and get online and access it. It’s really versatile.”
“When you use spreadsheets, you just see each other every three or four months and there’s this pile of stuff to do. Whereas with Sage One, everything’s organised straightaway. And I know if the tax man came, everything would be up to date and I’ve got no worries.”
With The *TeaShed brewing up a storm, what would Jules say to anyone thinking of jumping in and setting up their own start up?
“Just follow your heart and do what you want to do. You only get one shot at life, so you may as well do something that makes you happy.”
“I’d recommend Sage One to start up and small businesses because it’s online – which is essential. It’s affordable – you won’t notice the money going out, and you get 24 hour help – which is brilliant.”
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