It seems like only yesterday that I took the big step and launched Lemon Signs Ltd, yet in April we will be celebrating our first anniversary.
Many entrepreneurs and self employed people will relate to how I felt prior to starting out as my own boss. I worked for various companies; starting at the bottom, working my way up the ladder, never quite feeling that I had found the right company, a place where I could fit in and express my creative desires and ideas.
Deep down I clearly had a desire to run my own company, to provide help and support to other businesses by expressing my creative ideas and values. I established my first company back in 2002 (l still have the original rubber stamp as it holds great sentimental value) subcontracting for companies in Germany and Poland, providing services such as engraving, sign making and graphic design.
Many years and several different paths later, I realized that the entrepreneurial bug was never going to be extinguished. Here I am now about to celebrate Lemon Signs first year of trading and what a year it has been. When I reflect on what we have achieved, I have loved the journey and I'm proud of what we have accomplished in such a short space of time. I have on many occasions called upon my previous knowledge and experience gained working across Europe and the UK - I value those experiences as an employee, however, nothing compares to the satisfaction of being my own boss.
It has not been a bed of roses for the last year. Lemon Signs, like any new business has not been without it's problems. When I look at all the customers we have had the pleasure of working with, we seem to be providing a service and product that people want and need.
What does the future hold for Lemon Signs? We have just moved into larger premises and purchased even more equipment, this will allow us to serve our clients even faster and offer new products and services. We are excited to see what the next 12 months holds for us and hope to expand further.