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Five minutes with: Children's author and FSB member Josie Dom

Tell us about your business
Josie Dom is my pen name as a children’s author. I write stories, and do school visits and storytelling workshops under the name Imagination & Creation.

How did the business get started?
I felt one of the stories I’d written was good enough to be a book, and persuaded my husband to illustrate it.

How has your business developed since then?
In April 2016 I published my first book, Lum. It was well received, and I visited local schools and had toys made. In 2018, I launched the storytelling workshop, and my second book, Lum’s Mum, was published. Along the way, I have been recognised by Small Business Saturday as a member of the SmallBiz100 in 2018 and won a business competition to trade in Fenwick in 2019. 

What’s the best thing about working for yourself?
Choosing my hours, and the autonomy.

What’s the worst?
Marketing – thank goodness for the FSB!

What advice do you have for people keen to start a new business?
Research as much as you can, but realise there comes a time when only getting on and doing it will tell you whether the business will work.

How has FSB membership helped you?
Having resources online is great because I’m often working outside office hours. I signed up to the mobile service and was impressed, and I’ve spoken to advisers for a number of topics, which was invaluable.

Tell us something fun…
The name Josie Dom is made up of our children’s middle names. My illustrator Nic Phine has taken his pseudonym from our children’s middle names too.