LIGHTBULB MOMENT When Jo Jones was looking for a lampshade to match some bedroom curtains she decided to learn how to make her own. It sparked an idea that has grown into a flourishing business. It’s a little over a year since Jo Jones was sitting in a class learning the art of lampshade making. At the end of the four-hour course she came away with the skills to help her create a lampshade and a gem of an idea for a small business. “I always wanted to do something creative but I didn’t know what. The feedback from customers has been great so I thought I would do it and see what happens. It has just snowballed.” Jo launched her business last December and now has an online shop selling handmade, limited edition and bespoke lampshades. She said: “One of the benefits of it is that people are getting something unique to them. They can specify a fabric, a shade and size which makes it more individual. “I predominantly use fabric remnants which means people are getting something quite high end at very affordable prices but more and more people are coming to me with the fabric they have chosen.” A mum-of-two, Jo says running her own business has given her the flexibility to fit work around family life but admits that working from home does sometimes have its downsides.
“I never leave it alone. It’s always there looking at you so you never switch off. “The thing about selling online is that your shop is never closed.Your phone can ping at 10 o’clock at night as a new order comes in.” Rounding off her first year in business on a high, Jo was a finalist in the Best New Business category of the 2015 Epsom and Ewell Business Awards. She said: “I felt really proud. Just being nominated is enough, just having that recognition.”
www.jojonescreative.com Photography by Sam Stopford
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