What’s your advice to someone interested in starting their own business? Figure out who you are and what you want your business to be about first. Once you start, it’s easy to let your goals and purpose change with the swaying winds of the business world. But the truth is, if you aren’t doing what you want in your business, you won’t be happy, you won’t do good work, and you won’t be serving your clients well. I would also tell them to not compare themselves to others! One of my favorite quotes is from Jon Acuff and it says “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” And it’s so true. Where you are starting out is totally different from someone else. Do your thing, work hard, and fight for you business.
Where do you receive inspiration? Oh, it feels like everywhere! Since I design prints and custom calligraphy, I love to get inspiration from music, books, scripture, conversations with friends, or even just pretty flowers around my house. I love Pinterest and Instagram, but I think it’s really important to limit time spent on social media to make sure you aren’t trying to be too similar to someone else. I love gaining inspiration from my everyday life because it makes the rest of the process feel very organic.
If you could have one famous entrepreneur as your mentor who would it be? I am thankful to have gotten to spend some time with Emily Ley, and each time left craving more! It would be amazing to spend more time with such a wonderful woman who is successful, but still knows that the most important things in life aren’t business related at all.
Do you feel your life is balanced between work life and personal life? This is absolutely something I’m still working on! When you run your own business from home (And I know I’m preaching to the choir here!) It’s all to easy to work every hour that you aren’t sleeping. And we all know that leaves you tired, exhausted, and burnt out and that’s not good for anyone! I recently started trying to really stick to my work hours to make sure I’m spending every available minute with my husband that I can. This part of entrepreneurship is a process and has a learning curve. It’s important to know what works for you so you can best work for your clients.
What is your favorite thing about running your own business? My favorite part of running my own business is making my own schedule and having time to do what matters. I love my work and my job. But I also love when I have the freedom to get out of my office chair and go grab coffee with a friend or go on a spur of the moment lunch date with my husband.
What is your indispensable gadget? No contest, my iPhone!
What is your favorite app? Instagram
Favorite account to follow on Twitter? Love following Imperfect Concepts, of course!
Favorite item in your closet? Any and all of my cardigans.