It’s only been a few weeks since we launched Paranormal Discovery, but it’s been a whirlwind; an exciting, rollercoaster of trepidation, emotions and anticipation. I dare say the rollercoaster will continue throughout much of our journey, and that’s not a bad thing as it’ll help to keep us on our toes.
If it wasn’t for the huge support behind us we really wouldn’t have come this far so soon. There is so much to think about when setting up a new business venture; the fundamental business requirements – bank, insurances, liabilities, funding etc. But then there’s the more fun stuff, and I’d like to do a few shout outs for the people that helped us in this area.
Firstly, the name. “What do we call ourselves?”, “What hasn’t been used before?”, “What defines us and is catchy?”. Yes, as you can imagine, this was a lengthy process, but from the moment that I had set my heart on a new business venture I had dreamily been collating business names that had potential. When the list of names was mulled over some months ago, I fell in love with ‘Paranormal Discovery’. And so, the business venture was born, well, at least named. 😉
So, we’ve a name. It’s a great name, or so we think even though we’re biased, but what about a logo to compliment it? Well, I had just the friend that I knew would do an awesome job. She’s really a bear and goes by the name of ‘Paper Panda’, or if she likes you, she’s okay with being called ‘Panda’. She does have a human name, but human names aren’t much fun when you’ve a cool name such as Panda. Anyway, Panda owns a fantastic arty company that started back in 2010, making typographical lyrical papercuts from recycled paper. Since then the company Paper Panda has grown significantly and now has several very distinct styles and a multitude of merchandise so that everyone can have a piece of the original bear. Starry Night, Storybook and Woodland Friends are all fantastic series of sketches and papercuts that feature a loveable bunch of characters in quite naïve style but fun and quirky too.
Knowing how creative Panda was, she digested my early thoughts, ideas and colour schemes and our fantastic logo was created, hassle free with graciousness and style….and patience, a lot of patience particularly when I was asking for small elements to be tweaked.
Anyway, huge thanks and a massive big up to the Panda! Please check out her adorable website and goodies at www.paperpandacuts.co.uk She’s on Facebook too @PaperPandaPapercuts.
She really is an amazing bear, with the biggest heart you could ever imagine, and I’m incredibly lucky to have her as a friend.
So, what’s next on the list? Ohhh, yes, the website. The website is very much the crux of our business and we really couldn’t function without one. Lots of ideas of the format, colour scheme, structure and the look and feel had been floating around in my head. I knew what I wanted, but I needed someone to deliver it, timely and professionally. Recommendations were requested, discussions were had, quotations sent in, all for our perusal. But none of them cut it. Either far too costly for the deliverables, not experienced enough in the platform we required, and some just couldn’t be bothered. The one Wed Developer we were in talks with had other commitments, so the hunt was on for ‘the’ one that could deliver.
Over coffee one morning I got chatting to Matt from Dissident Republic, a fresh new Web Development company that was only too keen to take on our project. With requirements discussed, nothing was too much trouble, and so I was able to work closely with Matt on a regular basis confirming, agreeing and even disagreeing with the design of the website. It’s been a labour of love, and certainly a learning curve for me. But I have to say, I have loved every minute of the process and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. It really does look fantastic, don’t you agree?
Classy images, easy to use, funky functionality and more importantly the ability to handle growth. So, if you are looking for development of a new website, then I suggest that you head on over to www.dissidentrepublic.co.uk and start having talks with Matt.
This guy is truly awesome!
Things really were coming together quite nicely, and a roll call was in order. Business Name ✓ Logo ✓ Website ✓ Staff Uniform. Wait, staff uniform? Ohhhh no, staff uniform! But hey, we’ve a logo and colour scheme, this shouldn’t be too hard to sort should it?
I’ve been fortunate enough in my life to have worked with Cassandra Raven when I’ve hosted Ghost Hunting events. I am honoured to say that over the years she has become a very good friend too. If you’ve not meet Cassandra, she is the most fantastic medium you could ever wish to meet. What she doesn’t know about Spiritualism, Qabalah, Tarot, Astrology, Witchcraft, Reiki, Past Life Regression and the Occult, then it’s just not worth knowing.
There is nothing this lady doesn’t know in her arena, and with that she is truly a lovely and genuine person.
Cassandra has more recently ventured out into the design and creation of merchandise, or for want of better wording ‘Custom Clothing’. Hence the challenge of team jackets, hoodies, polo shirts, bags, and simply anything and everything was no challenge at all.
Head on over to website www.RavenMysticShop.com for all things witchy and spiritual, or www.RavenCraft.co.uk for printing and design. You’ll also be able to find her on Facebook @RavenMysticUK and @RavenCraft.co.uk.
And then there is Christopher. Christopher Ashford. Some of you may know him as the ‘Ghost Host’ (@Ghosthostchris). Others may know him as a presenter on 2nd City Radio. Like Cassandra, I’ve had the honour of working with Chris on numerous Ghost Hunting events. Chris is always full of energy and enthusiasm and loves making people laugh (the jury is out on some of his jokes though!). Over the last year Chris has gradually moved into the exciting arena of presenting radio shows and with a natural face for the radio 😉 you can catch up with him on Sunday and Monday evenings on 2nd City Radio via Spreaker, Alexa, Tunein Radio and now via iTunes. Catch up with the latest show listings on Facebook @2ndcityradiostation.
I was listening to Chris’ show the other Sunday and unexpectedly he plugged our business and to compliment the plug, Chris played GhostBusters. Tune!!!! So yes, Chris has been a star. His support for our business venture has been in abundance and it really is hugely appreciated. Chris will be joining us on some of our ghost hunts, so you never know, you may be lucky enough to meet him one day and ask for your own shameless plug on his radio show.
Chris, you are a true gent and hugely valued friend!
FAMILY, FRIENDS AND OUR WONDERFUL GUESTS
And finally, I would also like to thank our wonderful family, friends and guests (past, present and future) for all the over whelming support we have received to date. Life isn’t easy at times, let alone trying to set up a business venture around other commitments. But we’ve done it and are very much dedicated in it succeeding. Hey, we all know that when life throws you lemons – make sure you go ghost hunting. 😉
Until the next time!