This week has been pretty hectic, with the various projects coming together after a lot of hard work. Self Trading has been very busy to say the least too, as we have found a new source of good volume parcels and this has given us the opportunity to find new and exciting stock all around the world.
There seem to be a lot of very big, quality parcels that you can tender for direct with the seller, and it was all very exciting earlier this week and at the same time very nerve racking as for whatever reason I decided to tender for a FA2 Sea Harrier Jet. This was no display model wither, it was a complete, working and fully serviceable aircraft. I decided to tender for this fantastic jet and much to our surprise we won the tender and as far as we were concerned it was our property. So the whole team had to start researching on the internet to find out exactly what we had bought and the more that we found out the scarier it became. The bills didn’t seem to stop at the purchase price either, but then there was the servicing bills, inspection, licences and paper work, storage bills and fees for just transporting it. All very worrying but soon after we received a text letting us know the owner had turned down our bid.
There was a big sigh or relief in the office when we received the message especially as the terms stated we could not withdraw our offer ourselves, and all of a sudden the nervous excitement and worries came to an end. But the jet is still available and if anyone wants to tender over £500,000 they could own it, but I don’t think there is anyone out there as mad as me.
But we are still working hard on setting up our floor company, of course the trading website, the loan purchase business, Self Temptation lingerie and all the other various websites we are building and maintaining for and on behalf of our clients.
I’m still hoping for a good year, and things are looking good so far…..
What is happening with the economy today? The rich get richer the poor get poorer, I don’t know where I’m going I still seem to stay the same. Apart from that I guess I should be grateful that I’m still staying level which is a comfortable position to be in.
All my various businesses are ticking over at present. I’m looking to take on a possible acquisition shortly which has got a great turnover and which will benefit my group of companies. Hopefully we can expand on the business as it stands now, the industry has masses of potential and is at its infancy at present, exciting times.
We are also seeing revitalization in the loan purchase business and I think more people are recognizing the scheme that we have to offer and it’s nice doing some good business so far this month.
I think loan purchase has massive potential but at some stage I will have to bite the bullet and invest in a marketing strategy and I’m sure it will reap the rewards and grow massively.
Generally I think it’s looking bright for the future for the Self Group, and I have in mind for the end of the year a new Silver Ghost to reward my efforts over the last few years. I will keep you posted on progress with my various activities in business. As far as holidays are concerned I’ve cut back this year spending more time at work and with the family. I think I was too young and not quite ready financially for retirement.
Wow! What a week, hectic but very exciting! The Self Temptation team and I have been working like crazy to keep up with all of our online orders. The team has all been pitching in to get everything out on time! I am very pleased at the success of the recent online launch. In fact our online store has taken off so well I can now reveal that Self Temptation are set to go to the high street in May this year!
I have made the decision to roll out to the high street due to the online success of Self Temptation. People want Victoria’s Secret quality at Primark prices, which is exactly what the Self Temptation brand is all about. There really is a demand for luxury lingerie at affordable prices. Currently many high streets offer expensive lingerie chains such as; La Senza, Ann Summers and Boux Avenue, all with high price points. We feel that Self Temptation will appeal to a much wider customer base, offering lingerie, sexy fancy dress, false eyelashes, a range of shoes and for the more risqué customer the store will offer a section of adult toys.
I feel that Self Temptation is very different to these other lingerie chain stores, as the design and quality is of such a high standard, beautiful packaging, all at fantastic low prices. This is the perfect time in the current economic climate to offer Self Temptation to the high street. People don’t want to be spending a fortune on lingerie, the customer wants a luxury treat without breaking the bank, and this is exactly what Self Temptation are offering, online and now soon to be on the high street.
I can reveal that the first store will open in Bournemouth, local to the Self Temptation Head Office, the store will be situated on the main high street, and will be launching in May. The design of the store is currently being developed and will be revealed to the public on the launch date.
I intend to roll out further stores across the whole of the UK within a short space of time, after the success of the first store, but for now, the rest of the UK can order online or visit our flagship store in Bournemouth. I also have plans to bring the Self Temptation Tour to a high street near you; the tour will be a pop-up marquee and will tour cities and towns over the UK. I will keep you posted on the Self Temptation twitter and facebook pages for updates and previews of the store.
Here’s a preview at the Self Temptation Tour Marquee.
Don’t forget for now to buy online at Self Temptation.com.
The Team –
Knowing this year was going to be extremely busy, I had to find some new fantastic member s to add to my small team I already had, Karl has been with me for over 5 years and works in IT producing my ever growing demand of websites, he has proved to be very reliable over the years apart from his tiring excuses of getting caught in traffic every morning!! We then have Gareth who works alongside Karl in producing websites, and is literally a genius and doesn’t he know it!! If anyone in the office ever needs to know something we always go to Gareth as it’s like referring to a encyclopaedia which comes in great use in our office due to the versatility of what we deal with.
Not as clever as me mind!
Sam Colclough my new Business Development Manager / PA who has been with me now for just over a month I felt from the initial interview she was going to be an outstanding asset to me and the business and assists me 100% to get where I am aiming for.
To date she has never turned down a job task and has always been willing to put more in than what is expected always working late and staying behind whilst Karl clearly turns into a pumpkin at 6pm Sarah gets picked up at 6pm by her chariot and Gareth bless him, he does stay behind!
We welcome Sarah as Marketing assistant to Self Temptation she started a few weeks ago and has come from a fashion designer background and has appreciation of all aspects of the fashion industry and is a hard little worker, she has come in and got her teeth stuck into self temptation making sure we hit the market with a bang writing all press releases and keeping all our social networks up to date for you guys all to read! She has settled in nicely, and will be working on many different projects as well as Self temptation in the future.
We are now starting to work hard on YBIS which is where we build websites and develop e-commerce sites to sell, it is growing at a very fast pace therefore we are currently taking on staff. Myself and Sam (my Business Development Manager and PA) are working on the development and building of e-commerce store ready for the resale, so we are all ready for a very good money making successful year.
This is a extremely busy year for me and my team already, with so many projects, such as the development and building of e-commerce sites, I am pleased to bring www.SelfTempation.com to you, this is one of my newest ventures.
Self temptation will be the first UK online retailers of Baci Lingerie we offer unique, sexy, affordable, luxury apparel. We will be launching on my Birthday 7th March 2011, only a few days ago we announced the launch of a fantastic competition whereby if you register your details you have a chance of winning one of 3 £50.00 vouchers so far we have had over 400 competition enterers which is fantastic considering the site hasn’t even launched.
View www.selftemptation.com for more details and keep an eye out for our launch!! Or take advantage of our pre order facility due to high demand.
I haven’t blogged in a while because I’ve been busy with other projects, but 2011 is shaping up to be an interesting year for the Self Group, we have been producing websites for a select group of companies such as Richmond Classics and of course my own companies for some time so it was natural the next step would be to offer this service to others. Ybis will be launching as soon as we have finalised our packages and finished our next exciting e-commerce site.
The new Self Temptation website will be an e-commerce site offering for sale the sexy and exciting new brand of Baci Lingerie and intimate apparel, brand new to the UK. Baci is committed to designing luxury lingerie at unbelievable value to ensure that a greater number of people have access to its range lingerie and ultimately helping more people feel better about themselves. We will be the first online retailer in the UK to offer the brand.
I am also looking to expand our talented team and we are looking for a new sales and marketing manager to run the Self Temptation website, to read our job advert Click Here.
As promised a recap on the progress of Self Mart, since revamping and working with drop shippers, in a period of less than 12 months we have had a revenue stream of over £100,000 with a minimum mark up of 50%
So it seems a non brainer if we could maximise this and take a revenue potential of £700,000 a year. As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts I think we will now start to build sites like these as business opportunities to sell so people have the ability to work from home reducing over heads as no more office costs and good profits to be made.
I am now in a position in my life where I can begin to look at investing in other people and their ideas.
I have always had to fund my businesses myself, for whatever reason, with enthusiasm, hard work and dedication to the idea I have always made a success, and I am now looking to invest myself and my monies into a similar person.
I have touched on the subject of investing and investors before, how many of them believe that the most solid investment is in bricks and mortar, but recession after recession this has been proven wrong…and I am sure that these types of investors will be burnt again and again with property investments.
I am not looking to invest in bricks and mortar but to invest in a person and their idea, a person with dedication and commitment to their idea, ambitions to succeed in life, someone prepared to sacrifice their time to make their idea a success.
For all of you reading this that believe you are the right person, do not think that I am investing my hard earned money to fund your lifestyle, like I have done in the past, big salaries and large dividend payments will be made based on the success of the business.
I am looking to invest up to £250, 000 into the right person and the right idea; this may not be just one person and one idea but a number of people and a number of ideas.
Do you have the right idea, the right attitude, drive to succeed in life, then send me an email or give me a call for an informal chat and let’s see where that can take us.