Winnie sees the benefits of self-employment

Graphic designer Winnie Stewart, who has taken the leap to become self-employed
Graphic designer Winnie Stewart, who has taken the leap to become self-employed

After 17 years as a graphic designer with Lyle & Scott, redundancy made Winnie Stewart take the leap into self-employment.

With help from Business Gateway’s free workshops and on-going support she is now building up two businesses from her Galashiels home.

Winnie Stewart has set up her greetings card business Tartan Paint

Winnie Stewart has set up her greetings card business Tartan Paint

Winnie said: “I frequently thought about using my skills for my own ends and leaving Lyle & Scott was the catalyst I needed.”

She established Winnie Stewart Graphic Design in August.

“I offer a graphic design service for businesses which involves creating a range of business products including logo design, brand identity, brochures, leaflets, business cards, promotional work and catalogues.”

The Business Gateway start-up workshops have proved very useful to Winnie, and not just in increasing her business knowledge.

Working from home has its benefits for Winnie Stewart

Working from home has its benefits for Winnie Stewart

“I’ve secured clients from some of those workshops and am keen to help start-up businesses build their brand,” she said.

Winnie has also combined her passion for design, Scottish textiles and stationery, to create Tartan Paint, a range of unique, contemporary greetings cards, which are available locally, and soon online.

She said: “I’ve been making cards for a number of years and was spurred into doing so because I just never saw any cards I wanted to buy.

“I started making cards to give to people and it’s grown from there. I especially find it difficult to find cards for men unless they are fans of football, golf, motorcars or pints of beer, so that was part of my motivation - designing nice cards to give to men.”

Winnie Stewart, who has established two new enterprises

Winnie Stewart, who has established two new enterprises

On working for herself, Winnie said: “Having your own business means learning that you have everything to do from putting the bins out to doing the books.

“The days fly by and I love being my own boss. It is quite a leap to go from the security of a monthly salary to wondering where the next job is coming from. But, I don’t have to travel to work and there’s no scraping the car on cold mornings and it’s very rewarding to work for yourself.”