Hi, I’m Anna and this blog is about my experience of setting up a retail shop in Barnes. I’m 24, I opened The Perching Post when I was 23 with not much retail experience. I completed a degree in Set and Costume Design for Theatre and Film at Wimbledon College of Art, but realised that the lifestyle and employment uncertainty of a theatre designer was not for me. I had a hobby of restoring/updating furniture for set design and dressing and LOVED IT. So with a large dose of enthusiasm, self belief, and the thought of being my own boss and with a very small legacy I opened my own shop. I hope to give some interesting insights into setting up a business and show the true reality of what it is like for a small businesses. I am learning on the job everyday and although it is a lot of hard work, I have no regrets and love living the dream!