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Welcome to a new series, where PlusMinus talk to the UK’s best Influencers about business ventures that their successful careers has lead them to.

Bright, bold and always Betty. Welcome to the orange centric world of Scottish fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger, Forever Yours Betty. Orange hair and a broad Glaswegian accent, Betty is one in a million, and genuinely lovely in person.

 

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This maven of the online world knows her stuff. With a freelance PR career under her belt, Betty has a lot of fingers in lots of pies, or perhaps in tattle scones!

 

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Betty has grown a serious and successful following, having worked with a plethora of brands such as Topshop, Skinny Dip Gant and Virgin Trains. She has also been shortlisted for the UK’s Top Stylist voted by Stylist Magazine, which is no surprise as she has some serious style

 

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Most would be happy with achieving one or two of those things, however, Betty is always busy and this year took the plunge and started her own business. Good Times Roll, is a Roll shop with a difference. Dog-friendly and in the centre of Glasgow, this is an exceptionally reasonable priced place to eat. We may be blinded by London prices, but seriously £1.80 for a Latte – this is major.Welcome to a new series, where PlusMinus talk to the Uk’s best digital influencers about business ventures that their successful blogging has lead them to.

Seeing the gap in the market for a place to eat, Betty has created a unique and exciting business.We caught up with the Glaswegian blogger and business owner to discuss how she started out, and her new tasty venture…

Your world is so fashionable and colourful, how did you get started in the blogging world?

Why thank you! It all started 7 odd years ago. Me and my friends decided to start a side hustle in the shape of a vintage store, selling mainly online and at fayres. Our main point of difference was every item had a story; where it was worn, who it was worn with, basically fictitious tales of a timeless socialite named Betty, Betty Swollocks!

When we stopped selling vintage after uni and our lives got in the way, I decided I was gonna keep the blog and rebranded as “Forever Yours Betty’  as that’s what we signed each story off with. At the time I was working in retail after studying communication mass media at uni. Being dyslexic it became very clear to me that the longer I went without writing, the worse my abilities got. Little did I know that off the cuff decision to create my own little slice of the internet would change my life forever.

What made you decide to start your own business?

I’ve always been pretty ‘entrepreneurial’ coming up with little side hustles most of my life. But really, it was life that pushed me into it! I left a job I loved that had crap money for a job I hated with amazing money. I quickly realised that my happiness doesn’t come from my bank balance, it comes from the passion for what I do.

I’ve been solo freelance now for 2 years and honestly I couldn’t see me working any other way. I feel very lucky to be doing what I do, but I also know luck only had a small part to play. I feel like we are always so quick to hand the recondition over to luck when at the end of the day it’s all down to hard bloody work and determination!Welcome to a new series, where PlusMinus talk to the Uk’s best digital influencers about business ventures that their successful blogging has lead them to.

Why a Roll shop?

Good question! haha! It’s no secret of my love for sandwiches, but to be honest I always thought it would be a fun retirement project! When I moved into my boyfriends place a year or so ago I quickly realised that there was no place for a decent coffee or sandwich near by. It’s right next to one of the biggest football stadiums in Scotland so was perplexed as to why there wasn’t even a roll shop near by.

It went from an “oh isn’t that a shame” to me completely brass necking it into some poor persons establishment asking if they plan on keeping the lease! I thought I was more doing it to tend to my own curiosity of how much one of these shops cost (I’ve never even worked in hospitality, just love a good roll n’ sausage) but alas 5 months later, the keys were mine. I was just lucky enough my fella was up for leaving the day job to run the place, after all I had 2 other business plates to keep spinning!

What is the best part of running your own business?

For me it’s having something completely different every day. It’s having creative freedom, it’s having flexibility to do the things I want in life and career! I love feeling like I make a living off my skills and best attributes (and sandwiches!)Welcome to a new series, where PlusMinus talk to the Uk’s best digital influencers about business ventures that their successful blogging has lead them to.

What is your favourite item on your menu?

We do the best roll n’ square sausage in Scotland, I’ll tell you that right now! We make our own home made Tattie Scones too which are incredible, I’m a sucker for a breakfast roll!

What keeps you up at night?
Everything. Anxiety disorder’s a bitch.

Millennials have more jobs than ever before, how do you relax and unwind?

My dogs. This is something I really struggle with. I am ALWAYS working. Whether it be research on socials making new connections, networking nights, checking email, flicking through Pintrest to find an interesting way to photograph a sponsored post, it’s never ending.

My dogs really help me to take a break. I feel bad and guilty for even going to the toilet if I’m having a computer day, but feel fine if it’s about taking them out, as its for their benefit. They are french bulldogs so their loud breathing also makes for  incredible live ASMR action!Welcome to a new series, where PlusMinus talk to the Uk’s best digital influencers about business ventures that their successful blogging has lead them to.

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