Each week we bring you a short interview with our featured seller, this week is Mike from Tyto Leodis.
Business name: Tyto Leodis confectionery
Makers name: Mike Wallis
Describe your style in no more than 3 words. Handmade, bespoke, tasty
What do you sell in Fabrication? Chocolates
How long have you had your own business and what made you start it? Since May last year; I started because I enjoy making chocolates and Dawn had some commercial kitchen space available, otherwise I’d still be doing this ad hoc at home and not putting them on sale.
What is your workshop / studio like? It’s the Fab Kitchen! It’s like a domestic kitchen only there’s a fire escape out of the window and I can wash the walls slightly easier. The rest of the building is a crafty warehouse and I love old buildings so it’s ideal for me.
What are your beverage and snack of choice when working? I can’t eat or drink while I’m making things 🙂
What do you find the biggest challenge of running a micro-business? Admin, and getting over my fear of getting the paperwork wrong for whatever reason.
If you could go back in time, what would you tell a younger you? Go to catering college while you’re young enough to stand the hours. Also start running before you hit 40.
What advice would you give to someone who’s just starting out? Make a plan, stick to it, and don’t add or deviate at all until you’ve ticked off at least half of your to-do list. It’s fine to have a “phase 2” wish list, just don’t add those things that occur to you halfway through phase 1 to the startup plan.
Why did you join Fabrication, and how long ago? I started selling in October, because I finally had things I was able to sell. R&D in the chocolate world takes time.
If you could buy any 3 things from the shop, what would they be? A giant clock, some tiny houses, and a metal squid.