Many of us daydream of making a living out of a beloved past-time, longing for the day we can truly extract riches out of what fills our life with passion and happiness. Lee took his favourite hobby – his fossils and minerals collection – and turned it into a profitable business back in 1999: Past Impressions Crystal and Fossil Shop.
Lee came up with his very own business model after amassing various minerals and fossils for his impressive private collection whilst working in a job that did not bring him as much joy as his hobby. He explains, “I worked in a factory around that time, but I wasn’t really that happy, and I saw the opportunity to take something that I enjoyed and make a living out of it!”
His first crystal and fossil shop opened in Great Yarmouth and traded successfully for a decade, so much so that by 2009 Lee made the decision to move his business online to give customers all over the globe access to his stock!
Customers can now source their fossils and crystals in Lee’s high street shop in his hometown of Beccles in Suffolk, on his 2 websites, but also on eBay and Amazon! “The widespread presence of the business is what makes it fairly unique, as I haven’t limited myself to just one platform and try to do great things on all of them.”
Online orders benefit from a free delivery option for all UK buyers, and goods are delivered within 3 business days all over the country and within up to 21 days for international customers.
To ensure a continually strong presence across all of his selling platforms, Lee decided to research business credit providers on Google: “My suppliers give me great credit terms, however the nature of my business requires me to carry a lot of stock as the product is so unique.” It was while searching for a potential new business finance partner that he discovered Capital on Tap, and more particularly the feedback received by previous Capital on Tap customers on Trustpilot: “I sometimes think that people who go through the trouble of leaving online reviews on sites such as Trustpilot are often angry or disappointed and eager to lash out if they have received poor service, but Capital on Tap have a lot of positive reviews, and people seem to enjoy using the product so I thought they must be doing something right.”
Lee decided to check his eligibility online and received a credit decision within a couple of minutes. “It was so easy to apply and get the account set up”, he recalls. Once the account was up and running, Capital on Tap kept meeting his expectations: “It’s simple to use, there when you need it and the dashboard is easy to navigate – Capital on Tap enabled the business to carry more stock.”
What does the future hold for Past Impressions Crystal and Fossil Shop? Lee plans an expansion of his Amazon selling platform without sacrificing any of the hard work he has already put in place in all other marketplaces so that even more customers can have access to great and authentic products. If you would like to find out more about the astonishing line of fossils and minerals on offer, visit www.pastimpressionsfossils.co.uk and www.pastimpressionscrystals.co.uk.
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