Our guest contributor Chelle has taken over our Apprentice blog. She loves watching the corporate life but isn’t so sure she want to be in it….
For me I love looking through nick nack’s so the junk yard challenge was a great one to get me re-hooked on the apprentice.
Could you sell Junk or do make a jewel from two paper clips? Regardless of your selling technique you need the right stuff to start with? Right?
Initially I loved the idea of the shabby chic. For me I love the bare wood peaking through white paint. A bit of french countryside. However upcycling and giving the look a go yourself wasn’t showing off any bright sparks for me. It’s a style that can just as easily be bodged and they did so indeed – nowhere near my vision of what it should be. The Union Jack has it’s place and for me it wasn’t hitting the mark and it did detract from the value of the furniture and was more repo then retro.
By spending time and money trying to convince their buyers of the upcycle – well for me it wasn’t a beneficial use of time especially as there was no real experience.
The Phoenix team bought small and then reinvested, it seems regardless of quantity it was the quality that won over and they went in the lead with a bigger profit margin. Perhaps the minimal stock in the shop made them look popular to the outsider – whose to know if the buyers thought they’d almost sold out so had to invest? They did have some nice items in my view.
Jane was the loser on this occasion – only making a dismal £10, am sure I could make more selling our tatt at the local car boot….
She was whisked away tearful in the car – feeling a bit sad for her I also felt that she could stand stronger, I suppose for me she has a platform now she should see the spring from it to do well.
For me I remembered why I love the boardroom but why in real life I loathed it. Watching the candidates sharing (or screeching their experience), reasoning on why they had done so badly and then pinning the blame on someone else. One of the reasons I enjoy being away from corporate life!
Do you think emotion is a good or bad thing in business?
Why do you watch the Apprentice?