MIV Catch Up - Sun Colours Art

Elaine Mills, founder of Sun Colours Art, joined us on Twitter for #MIVReveals on Wednesday 17th January 2018. Sun Colours Art designs and retails multi ethnicity paint by numbers projects to add diversity to the creative craft of painting by numbers that has been around for years.


@Binty147 Thanks for joining us today Elaine Mills. Could you firstly just explain to us what it is you do? #MIVReveals

I design and retail online contemporary paint by numbers projects. I have added 3 new contemporary designs to the Paint By Numbers market, bringing the traditional hobby up to date and making it more relevant for a wider more diverse audience. #MIVReveals


@Binty147 What is your #business background and what inspired you to #startup Sun Colours Art? #MIVReveals

Little business experience. Have dabbled in network marketing in the past, however, this is my first venture as a sole trader. I started Sun Colours Art to bring more culturally relevant and modern paint by numbers projects to the market. #MIVReveals


@Binty147 What have been the biggest challenges of setting up your #business? #MIVReveals #workandskillsMCR

Getting to grips with importing and exporting, negotiating contracts and finances. #MIVReveals


@Binty147 How helpful did you find the business advice via live chat service which we provide on behalf of Manchester City Council? #MIVReveals #workandskillsMCR http://manchester.gov.uk/businessadvice 

Excellent advice. Pointed me in the right direction for other support available and gave me the time to talk through the issues I had in establishing my business. I love the fact that it is live chat and available until 7pm. I work so availability suits my schedule. #MIVReveals


@Binty147 What aspect of receiving business advice online appealed to you or encouraged you to try the service? #MIVReveals #workandskillsMCR

I will use it again and I'd recommend it to others. I want to discuss other aspects of business related to growth and reaching new consumers as well as further funding information and improving my online presence. #MIVReveals


@Binty147 The live chat service is available Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm - would you use it again for advice and recommend it to others? #MIVReveals #workandskillsMCR

The fact that it is live chat and can be broken down into small chunks of time as required. It's good to be able to jump off and on according to my needs and time schedules. #MIVReveals


@Binty147 Great. Can you tell us more about your #arts & #craft business Sun Colours Art? #MIVReveals

I attend exhibitions and craft fairs. At Craft and Hobby Fair in Manchester in Feb with a selection of products. I'm bringing together diverse products for today's consumers. PBN has therapeutic benefits too. #MIVReveals


@Binty147 How do you advertise your business? #MIVReveals

I advertise on Facebook, Twitter and on instagram. I have a website and promote the website through all these vehicles.  #MIVReveals


@Binty147 What would you say is your proudest #business moment so far? #MIVReveals

Commissioning artists and working with manufacturers to create my new products and seeing the joy and surprise on people's faces when they realise my products are paint by numbers projects that reflect modern society and a fresh approach to arts and craft hobbies. #MIVReveals


@Binty147 What advice would you give to other #entrepreneurs looking to set up their #ownbusiness? #MIVReveals

If you are looking for a new challenge, go for it. If you want to learn about business, go for it. Get good advice; go on a course if you can. #TraffordWomeninBusiness. Listen to those who have experience and implement what you have learned. Believe in yourself. #MIVReveals


@Binty147 Thanks for joining us today Elaine and telling us more about your #startup #business Sun Colours Art. We wish you success with your future business plans #MIVReveals


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