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Jenny McReary

Sew Confident
Glasgow, United Kingdom

At Sew Confident we teach a comprehensive range of sewing classes for all abilities. Classes are structured and designed to build confidence and teach all the necessary sewing skills in bite size session.

60-Second Interview

Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
My Name is Jenny McCreary my biggest heroes are obviously my parents. They’ve been putting up with my mad ideas my entire life, I guess they knew eventually one would come to fruition!
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
I’ve always wanted to be my own boss. When I was a child I used to set up ’Mrs Mogg’s shop’ and sell my dads belongings back to him and exorbitant prices!
A turning point for me was when I worked in retail and I couldn’t get the time off I wanted for holidays. I decided then that I wanted to be in control of my own work life. Ironically I now take less holidays than I did then but I love what I do!
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
It would have been in Mrs Mogg’s Shop for sure, haha!
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
There are different challenges every day. From trying to find the right tutors, pick the most effective marketing outlets to never actually shutting off from work. Every so often in business you come up against a wall and you need to figure out how to scale it. If you don’t scale it you won’t grow. These are the most challenging times. I went from being a mobile business to having a premises and that was a scary jump but it really paid off. I’m fast approaching another wall now, but it’s exciting and full of opportunity.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
I have a amazing network of self employed friends. Networking is one of the most important things a small business can do. I find it really helpful to turn to them if I need to vent because they understand how isolating and stressful having your own business can be. I also have a great bunch of super positive friends and family. It’s important to surround yourself with positive people.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
If you love what you do it’s not difficult to get out of bed in the morning!
How do you define success?
Success for me is directly linked to happiness. If you are doing something you love and have a good work life balance I consider that success.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
I am looking at franchising at the moment so I’d like to have Franchises up and down the country in 5 years time.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
A very wise friend of mine said to me a few years ago, "the world is plentiful, you just have to believe you are worthy of what you want from it". That strikes a chord with me and I could have probably used that wisdom when I was a teenager!
If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
I’d love to have Jo Malone’s number! She’s so successful but talks so openly about all her struggles in business too. I think she’d be a breath of fresh air(or fragrance) I could learn a lot from!