Therese Oertenblad

Small Business Collaborative

Hi Therese,

 

Tell us about the Services you offer?

I offer both 1:1 bespoke mentoring over 6 month, one off sessions, email or catalogue audits and I’m just about to launch a group training program that I’m super excited about. It will take place over 12-weeks online and it’s for those who want to fast-track their wholesale and really get going this year. It’s a time-commitment but it will take you through all the steps of getting your pricing right, sorting out your sales material, how to sell and approach stockists and much more. There will only be a maximum of 8 members and together we will keep each-other motivated and accountable.

 

How did you come up with the idea and what motivated you to go for it?

I had been thinking about starting my own business over the last couple of years but it wasn’t until I was made redundant that I took the plunge and went for it. The idea came after feedback from lots of my lovely stockists at shows saying how disappointed they where that they could not afford to buy from some of the smaller exhibitors at trade-shows because they had their pricing wrong or they didn’t give them enough confidence as a supplier.

I thought it was very sad that someone spent that much money to exhibit and not getting the result they would have wished for even though they had great products so I thought I could help. I worked for both big and small companies and over time I realised that my passion lies in growing smaller businesses, particularly those who care about their manufacturing process.

 

What do you love about running your own business and what do you find hard?

The people I’ve meet, being able to help others grow businesses that work for them, not everyone wants to grow an empire and I love hearing everyone’s story. I’ve always been good at multi-tasking and prefer to be busy and I didn’t expect anything differently but I didn’t realise how it’s much harder to switch your mind off and not think about work when you are self-employed.

 

What kind of Boss Mum are you and how do you manage the juggle? 

Well, I’m not a mum, unless having a furbaby (dog) counts. I’m fairly organised but I’m not regimented.

 

Do you have a favourite app or work tool you think everyone should know about?

I use quite a lot of them, Tailwind for Pinterest, Planoly for Instagram, Slack for my 6 month clients to always have a direct channel to me and Insight timer to relax. I wrote a blog-post about some of the tools I use.

 

How do you define success?

Time for family and friends, enough money to not have to worry about it too much and time for creativity.

 

What is a normal day in your life like?

I try to get up around 6-7am, and start working pretty much right away, I’m not a morning person but I’m the most productive in the morning. I then shower and walk the dog mid-morning and continue to work from my home-office until around 5pm when I take the dog for another walk and recently I got into yoga so I might try to catch an evening class. I try to only work late every now and then. My day is a mix of working on my sales agency, client meetings and admin tasks such as writing blog-posts and trying to stay on top of my marketing.

 

What has been a particular highlight for you since starting your business?

It’s difficult to pick just one. Starting was a big thing for me, being choose as one of the experts for the Small and Mighty Co and designing my group training program which I really believe in.

 

What’s next for your business?

Properly launch my group training program.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t wait until everything is perfect, chances are it’s not going to happen.

 

What is your favourite Social Media platform and how has it helped in your success?

Instagram, most of my clients has found me this way even if I don’t have a big following.

 

Who inspires you?

So many people, Julie Dean is one of them.

 

What was your dream job growing up?

Ski-instructor during winter and Veterinarian for the rest of the year

 

Tell us 3 facts about you…
  1. I’m Swedish.
  2. I’m adopted from South Korea.
  3. I’ve lived in 6 countries.

 

What do you enjoy most about being a part of Mama Tribe?

I’ve recently joined but I hope to meet other business owners and continue to build my network of business buddies.

 

Thanks for giving us an insight into life behind Small Business Collaborative Therese, we love having you as a Member of the Tribe.

 

Danni x

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