Many people have wanted to see how Oz Fair Trade products such as jewellery and scarves would look on real people. I can completely understand that, and have always wanted to do something about it. Since I don’t have models, I have decided to bravely step up to be the face of Oz Fair Trade. But I have to be the photographer as well…hence the home studio set up (in my already crowded living room).
So…in the coming weeks, you’ll start to see some photos of me showcasing Oz Fair Trade products. Eventually, I hope to have such a photo for every product.
When a good friend of mine heard about Global Handmade at about the same time last year, she suggested that I should register with the ACNC (i.e. the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission) where she worked as a lawyer. I remember my response at the time was that ‘it’s in my plan’. One year on, I achieved this goal.
As any new business owner would know, moving from a sole trader to a company structure requires some guts and money. I made the leap in October last year, as part of the re-branding, because I knew how committed I was to running it for the long term. Even though financially it wasn’t the best time to make the transition, I did it anyway because I wanted the organisation to have the credibility it needs and deserves. I can now proudly call Oz Fair Trade a charity and confidently continue the journey forward.
The next big thing is to be endorsed by the Fair Trader of Australia. It is a lengthy process, but I’m sure I’ll get there!
P.S. you can find Oz Fair Trade on ACNC’s online register here: http://www.acnc.gov.au/