Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Something blue PR blog post


The wedding industry is constantly bursting with new talent, with ever-increasing numbers of creatives making the move into setting up alone. While there are countless benefits of working for yourself, it can also present a number of new challenges for first-time business owners as you embark on a completely different lifestyle and way of working. With more than six years in the industry, we've been there and encountered lots of the ups and downs that are common among all start ups - here’s our top six tips for success!

1. Be resourceful and resilient: Both traits are invaluable skills for entrepreneurs. You can do anything you set your mind to if you’re resourceful and you can survive anything if you’re resilient.

2. Work hard, play hard: Setting up a new business requires huge amounts of hard work and commitment, particularly in the first few years while you’re getting established. However, it’s important to always schedule time out for yourself too – often our best ideas come during time spent away from our desks and everyone needs a daily dose of ‘me time.’

3. Learn to say no: As tempting as it can be to take on every opportunity that comes your way, it’s crucial to set boundaries from the beginning and not feel the need to say yes to everything. Trust your instinct when making decisions and only do what feels right for you and your brand.

4. Outsource anything you’re not good at: Whilst funds are typically scarce at first, it’s important to determine where your time is best spent and outsource some areas to those who will be more efficient. If the accounts leave you feeling overwhelmed and uninspired, find somebody you can trust who loves accounting to do it for you. The same applies to administration and cleaning. Remember that time is money so make sure you invest your time into the areas that you thrive in and enjoy.

5. Surround yourself with creativity: Keeping the creative juices flowing requires inspiration. At home, create a desk space that inspires you and make time every week to get out of your home or office – take your laptop on excursions to cafes, art galleries, hotels and spaces that inspire you.

6. Don’t be afraid to fail: We learn far more from our failures than our successes; ultimately we only succeed once we’ve done all the growth that failure forces us to do.

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