We love sharing our journey with you and the last few weeks have been exciting ones for The Little Surprises Company. As the founder of the business, I have always split my time between teaching - a job I love, and Little Surprises. The last 18 months have been very busy for the business and I made the exciting decision at the end of last academic year to change the balance so that from this September, I will now be working in school for just three days a week and for The Little Surprises Company for two! This little 'side hustle' is edging it's way into my life in a great way!
Covid has thrown the original concept of The Little Surprises Company up in the air but through a huge pivot to online festivals and virtual events and then an incredible introduction by a good friend Kate to Google, the last 12 months have been very very busy!
Alongside teaching and running a Science curriculum for our academy chain, since last September, I have hosted 6 day-long online festivals with up to 2500 attendees at some of them, run over 100 online workshops & classes for corporates & private clients including Google, Sky, The D. E. Shaw Group, Jumio Corporation, Winchester White & PwC, posted over 400 corporate gift boxes with everything from cocktail glasses to flour in them and I’ve had a brilliant time! I’ve been able to work with over 25 incredible small, local, lovely businesses that have been having a really tricky 18 months by partnering with them to host events and employed, at different points in the year, 4 of my brilliant ex students to support when things got busy!
I am not a risk taker & it has been a big move to give up one of my school roles to give The Little Surprises Company the love & attention it needs but hopefully a really exciting year ahead! Looks like this little side hustle is getting a bit more serious! Wish me luck!