We recently caught up with Sally from Transform With Textiles, to hear about her business journey and experience with the OBL Program.
So, Sally, tell us a bit about yourself and your business, Transform With Textiles.
To begin with, I had a very low patch in 2003, and being creative really got me through my darkest moments. Art therapy gave me my strength and a love of textiles, art and design. Since then, I've wanted to help others in similar circumstances by teaching, sharing and helping them through their challenging times, through the shared love of art.
Transform With Textiles helps women and children of domestic violence who have experienced unbelievable trauma and find it difficult to heal, to know where to go for help, how to help themselves, to trust again, gain confidence or to smile again. I can help them to overcome these challenges by conducting textile workshops, where we create products using sustainable materials and colours.
My background in textiles, and passion for colour and fibre means that I can bring their creative side out and help them transform their lives through art. As a result, my clients experience new techniques and ways in which to tell their stories. In fact, recently I myself overcame the inability to trust and found a new passion by diverting my pain into textiles – colourful, positive and bright opportunities. I’m determined to make this a reality for others and am committed to achieving the highest standards in all aspects of my career. My goal is to continue to work within the education industry and make this a success.
When you came across OBL in the first instance, what was the problem you were trying to solve before signing up?
At first, I had the idea but I didn’t have the money to start my own website, nor did I know where to go for help. I didn’t know where to start. There were so many agencies and companies offering website services and could be so costly too. I went back and thought about what I actually needed to get set up and running. I came across OBL on Facebook in December and from there I looked into it a bit more and made my decision. I joined the group in January this year.
What's it been like going through the 12 weeks of the OBL program?
It’s been really fantastic, everyone has been so professional, engaging and helpful. The team had unbelievable patience to work through the help I needed, especially for someone like me who isn’t very tech-savvy.
During the program I had to take a small break, but when I returned and began working through the next modules the team were so helpful. I’ve learnt a lot about how things work online, and I really appreciate how the team can break down complicated technology explanations into things I understand! Irene, Ali, Zay, Ee Zen and others have all been great; they check in regularly and are very patient. I’m well on the way with my website because of their help.
That’s awesome to hear! What was the one thing you enjoyed the most?
My favourite part was definitely the three days of face-to-face lessons in the beginning, and I wished there had been more of them! The interaction with everybody and hearing everyone’s stories really helped set the scene around what the course and support level would be like from the OBL team.
Do you have anything else to add about the experience with OBL?
I would highly recommend OBL for anyone who is looking for help getting their business off the ground and look forward to working with them for a long time.
The level of support was just amazing, and it continues to be amazing. You can ask anything from any of the team and they work through the explanations really well! Everyone is exceptionally lovely, so thank you to the OBL team!
We’re so glad you got so much from the program Sally, and now have your own website up and running as a result. As we mentioned, the Online Business Lift-Off Program helps build out not only an online business but the confidence to go out and do something on your own. Build an idea if you don’t have one or fine-tune an idea you already have. We’ll then work with you through the necessary tools to get your business up and running.
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