We have all dreamt of supplying-up the grind of the 9-to-5 and turning into our possess manager.
But for Steve Sanger the aspiration is a truth following swapping the place of work for his kitchen area, in which he operates his male grooming enterprise, the Beard and Great.
The 51-calendar year-previous from Maldon, Essex, established-up the enterprise again in 2015, marketing his handmade beard and moustache merchandise on the internet and in excess of eBay, following recognizing the explosion of gentlemen sporting facial hair.
Because then, it is long gone from toughness to toughness, with Steve capable to last but not least jack-in his 30-calendar year profession in promoting just 6 months afterwards.
The father-of-4 informed the Sunlight On the internet: “I believe everybody would like to function for by themselves. I experienced different excellent positions but it does not issue how nicely you are performing – there is usually a manager earlier mentioned you telling you what to do.
“I’d seen that beards ended up coming into style but there ended up no merchandise for beard treatment, so I understood men and women would be intrigued, I just noticed an prospect.”
Steve and his spouse and co-director Kelly expended just £150 on generating their very first batch of merchandise in his kitchen area – which are primarily based on conventional recipes from the American Wild West – making use of elements like beeswax, and hemp and jojoba oil.
From that modest starting, the enterprise final calendar year noted a turnover of £200,000 and a tidy revenue of £120,000, with Steve having gain of the lower-charges of possessing a electronic enterprise.
“We commenced marketing 1 or two products a 7 days, then 3 or 4 a working day and it just went from there,” he stated.
“I’d established up a web site and an eBay keep and eBay was a substantial driver in our income – you get a truly huge viewers, while with our web site no-1 was observing it.
“We have believed about opening an true store but it would entail a total load of other troubles.
“We ended up fortunate that we did not have any genuine overheads and we did not have to get any financial loans or assist to begin up – why borrow if you really do not want to?”
With Xmas just close to the corner, Steve is at present active sending out much more than 150 orders a working day from his home, exporting to spots as considerably absent as the United States and Australia.
And to cope with the at any time escalating need, he and Kelly have huge strategies for 2018.
“We’ve acquired 3 portion-time personnel on at the instant just to assist out, but we are likely to want to ramp up creation up coming calendar year, which signifies shifting out of the kitchen area into a suitable facility someplace.
“At the instant we are turning absent business and we really do not want to do that.
“The charges of elements has long gone up simply because of the pound but ended up now much more eye-catching to clients overseas as it is less expensive for them to acquire. You have acquired to keep constructive.”
Obtaining taken the plunge – and produced a good results of it – what guidance does Steve have for these dreaming of quitting the place of work and starting up their possess enterprise?
“I would say you ought to certainly go for it but certainly really do not give up your task right up until you have noticed an prospect and analyzed the industry,” he stated.
“Lots of men and women make a decision they want to operate firms and tumble flat on their faces.
“It’s considerably far better when you function for oneself and it is a excellent doing work setting, you function a good deal more difficult and a good deal more time hrs.
“And I acquired to see Kelly a good deal much more way too which could have long gone 1 or two methods!”