This week our contributing blogger is the beautiful and stylish Samantha Bell, Style Magician and Master of Visual Illusion!
Sam shares her story into the world of business ownership…
I was fat, ugly and blonde in 2008. I stopped socialising, clothes shopping was a
nightmare and I didn’t look in the mirror much. Looking back, I wasn’t actually fat or ugly (I was a blonde though!) but I was very lost about what clothes to wear to look god and feel good about myself. I was turning 30 so I couldn’t dress like a teenager anymore but I wasn’t sure clear how I should dress. Fortunately, I saw Personal Stylist and my life changed. This was what I wanted to spend my life doing – helping other women understand how to dress to flatter their body shape and colouring.
Fast forward 5 years and Pixie Belle Style & Image Consultancy is in its 2nd year of trading, I have an online magazine, My Secret Stylist and my role as Personal Stylist has developed into that of a Style Mentor. I work with men and women from all walks of life – young Mums, CEOs, Speakers – but they all have one thing in common – they want to know how to look good.
I love the flexibility that working for myself brings – as a wife and mother I want to spend time with my family as well as do a fantastic job for clients. I’m more of a morning person so I’ll often be at my desk at 6.30am, getting a few hours work in before trips to the park with my son. And because of the online aspect of my business, I can work when it’s convenient to me and not impacting negatively on my family. In fact, right now I’m writing this on a Sunday afternoon while hubbie and son are in the garden mixing cement!
It’s not always easy. Sometimes it’s like “Great news – you’re the boss! Bad news – you’re the boss!”. There’s never anyone there to tell you what to do next and there’s no annual review to tell you you’re doing a good job. Keeping motivated and focused are my biggest challenges and I’ve just started working with a business mentor to help crack that.
It’s important to remember that just as people grow and change and develop, so will your business. When I first started, my plan was very different to what I’m doing now – in a good way. It’s so much bigger. And that comes from increased confidence you get from doing your job well. You don’t always have that at the start so it’s OK to not be perfect. And nothing is written in stone – whatever you say you do on your website right now can change next week if you want it to. Allow yourself to be flexible and grow with it.
2013 is a GREAT time to be in business, especially if you’re a woman. Putting those multi-tasking skills to the test is great and so rewarding. And you know, women CAN have it all. You CAN have the great career AND family AND friends if you want – you just have to recognise and accept that YOU have the power to make it work for you – you don’t need anyone’s permission and you really CAN do it your way!
From a woman who knows! Thank you, Sam, for your story and words of encouragement…