As a small business owner, and one person team for everything - social media, networking, marketing, administration, finance, and all correspondence with clients, it can be hard to stay on the professional side of the line at all times. It can be a slippery slope and it can be hard to navigate the gray area! Here are my 5 steps to setting boundaries which will save you time and stress!
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Starting a business is easy. Keeping it going is what tests you. Making it successful is what shows your character and resolve. Sometimes I think it'd be easier if I could just do one job or the other, or not blog and post on social media, or be able to read a book a week and sleep in until 10 every day. But that's not the solution.
Back in December, I did an encouragement session with Ashley of Virginia Ashley Photography, who has been one of my greatest supporters on this small business endeavor! We sat down and talked about all wedding things, small business things, and ways for me to grow my business. Ashley mentioned that she was working on putting together a styled shoot for her new branding and website launch and that she needed some help! We started planning and getting our inspiration together and finally landed on a date - February 15.
When I was a little girl, I would play make-believe with my best friend. We made up stories about living in the outdoors, being orphans and having to take care of ourselves, being animals, being princess, being - well, really anything we wanted to be at that moment. I remember when we picked what age we were going to "be" that I almost always picked 26. Why? I don't know. But it seemed like a good responsible age. Leave it to my independent self to know that when I was 8 years old, being able to take care of myself would be a huge source of pride.
"What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." This romantic quote springs to my mind anytime someone asks me why I named my business Chickadee Events. And while that might be true for flowers, for business names, I think picking the right name is incredibly important.
I often catch myself saying, "I'll get there. I'll be ready when it's time for me to be ready." And my goodness, this is what gets me into trouble with procrastination! How easy is it for us to put things off because we're not ready for them? If we lived our lives like this, we would never accomplish anything.
I wrote this a year ago, shortly after I told my husband that one of my New Year's resolutions was to start my own event planning business. Since I haven't formally started a blog until now, it's been sitting in draft form until now!