Well hello there and thanks for dropping by
Let me introduce myself. I’m Samantha (Sam) Martin I was more commonly known online as Socially Sam but I decided to just ditch the online names and stick to my actual name. I’m a 40 (ish) year old single parent, just the one teenage daughter, business owner, serial entrepreneur, social media know it all, marketing creative, tech geek, self-confessed cake addict and generally an all-round opinionated gobshite.
For the record, I love Disney! Especially the place. If I could live in Walt Disney World, then I would. But instead, for now, I make do with Chorley in Lancashire.
The Story So Far……….
I used to be a Mummy blogger until my daughter got old enough to read what I’d put online about her. Now I just write about life and general stuff that mills around in my mind. I sometimes make videos as well.
Once upon a time, I used to have a “proper” job in the corporate accounting world. But I didn’t like it. It just took me years to figure that out. I worked in marketing and PR before that. I’ve no idea why I thought it was a good idea to switch to accounting. So I switched back and now here I am.
In 1996 I moved to Dublin, Ireland, on a whim, as you do with just a suitcase. I returned to the UK in 2010 with a child and a removal van full of belongings.
I once had a husband. But I didn’t like that either.
I’ve had lots of little business interests over the years but finally started a “proper” business in February 2014. It’s been doing rather well ever since. No more having a “real job”. Well for now.
I’ve had a lot of very bad boyfriends. So much so I could probably write a novel about each and every one of them.
I write business blogs when I can be bothered. I like to spread the knowledge from my experience to help out others.
I drop f-bombs like commas and don’t make any apologies for it.
That pretty much covers the story so far………
I decided I wanted to go back to blogging a while ago, but I just didn’t get around to the part of sitting down and writing (mainly due to writing a lot of stuff for other people and getting paid for it). I always have an opinion on stuff and I’m quite happy to share it. Whether you want to hear it or not! I also get up to stuff a lot and generally have a tale to tell. Sometimes it’s interesting and sometimes it’s just funny because I’ve managed to say or do something wholly inappropriate. So I guess that makes good reading for you.
I’ve lots of business interests and lots of wide and varied experience. From hospitality, finance, retail. Working with some of the worlds largest companies with enormous turnovers, to small businesses that struggle day in day out. I’ve encountered the weird and the wonderful in the business world and even weirder in my personal life. And sometimes it’s really damn scary.
But it can all be overcome or at least controlled. And that’s what I’m currently working on. I wanted to share my experiences and how I feel some days when my anxiety levels are through the roof. When I have to be a big girl, suck it up and get shit done rather than pulling the duvet over my head. And when the world around us seems to be completely crazy, I’m sure I’ll find the amusing side to it.
I also wanted to expand slightly on some of the stuff I cover in my business blogs. I’ve found that a lot of people that follow me are in the process of either starting up a new business or want to set up a side hustle business to either make some extra cash or move on to get out of their day job. Sometimes covering subjects that would fit into those categories doesn’t always fit with my business blog but my readers still enjoy it and find it relevant. But I hope I have enough knowledge, skills and experience to make it worthwhile sharing with you.
And if not I just hope I can keep you entertained along the way.
Sam has 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, from bars, restaurants, clubs, pubs, casinos and leisure venues. There isn’t much Sam can’t help you with. Let’s make your venue fabulous!
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