Adventures in business
Bondi Blue celebrated its two year anniversary recently (June 27 to be precise), and I am grateful, excited, and proud. It's been a thrilling journey so far, and I've learned so much -- from and with my clients, and also on the business side. Here are some tidbits from my journey to date. Turns out many of my lessons learned are not exactly new (in fact, you'll notice that all of the headings are common sayings), but it's been fun to apply these principles in a whole new way.
Variety is the spice of life.
I've been blessed to work with a wide range of clients (from startups to public companies) in a variety of capacities (everything from on retainer as a "virtual head of marketing" to white paper writer to PR exec). Each organization has its own personality, processes, and needs, and I appreciate the challenge and constant change of pace that comes with the job -- no two days are the same.
Patience is a virtue. (And, just breathe.)
I'm a person who tends to be a bit risk averse (though it's complicated...I'm a closet adrenaline junkie...skydiving anyone?). So, the fact that I started my own business, which means that I have no more corporate safety net and am totally responsible for a company, does sometimes feel rather daunting. I'm learning that it takes time, and I need to be patient. It is risky, but also very, very rewarding.
Do what you do best.
One of the first things I did was to hire a CPA. I went to an IRS tax seminar for small businesses and immediately concluded that trying to figure out how to do payroll taxes would not be the best use of my time. And while it's important to be conscientious in terms of how I run the business, this has been a great investment. I need to spend my time using my skills and experience wisely, to provide the best strategy and end result for my clients, and in helping to build Bondi Blue's brand.