But building any business from scratch is hard. Like, REALLY hard. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the proverbial to-do list not to mention the fires that seem to crop up daily, especially when you are working with the public (humans can make things just so complicated sometimes!) So we asked Andrea as a small business owner, a mother, and a decent caring human being:
How do you handle “the juggle” of small business life with grace instead of becoming a full time firefighter?
What do you get when you take a teacher with a big heart, then add some creativity, an eye for simple beauty, a soul that longs to uplift and an aptitude for business? You get the badass owner of Compliment Jewelry & Gifts, Melissa Camilleri.
Just because you can start a business doesn’t mean you should.
There are good reasons why so many people want to be their own boss. The autonomy, the freedom, the idea of being in control, these are often the main drivers. Most people want to wake up in the morning and feel like the master of their own destiny.
Starting your own business is hard but not in the way that most people think.
Kate Bartolotta is a lot of things, but lazy is certainly not one of them. As a masterful writer, professional coach and all around ‘wonder maker’, we came in contact with her words on a page several years ago and fell in love with her unconventional yet grounded outlook on life. After getting to know her a little better, we found that her ability to help people to use story telling to transform their own lives was just the tip of her ability iceberg.
On the day we met our design contest winner for the first time, we were both really excited. After holding a month long logo design contest and receiving entries from all over the world, we had only seen her picture on a screen and read her passionate description of her life and work via email. But our design ideas for our budding brand were brimming over and our bellies were filled with excited anticipation to meet this new hopeful strategic partner.
We have chosen to run Seeing Beauty in an unconventional way from the start because we believe that ‘business beginnings’ are the perfect time to explore and establish what we stand for. And as with anything unique, there is always opportunity to be misunderstood. Our recent logo design contest was a great example of this. But our experience has only reinforced our commitment to develop our own authentic set of values while strengthening our rules of engagement.
Before moving to San Francisco and starting her own photography business, Karina Louise lived a life of extremes. But if you ask her about her take-aways, she will tell you that these varied experiences were, in fact, the secret to finding the balance between competition and collaboration.
Launching a new business is a crazy, amazing and hectic time. We realized quickly that the only way to get through it without losing our minds was to recognize our strengths and delegate the rest. There was a lot we could do for ourselves – between us we already had a copywriter, a photographer, an accountant and an SEO person.