2) What drives you and keeps you motivated?
The lifestyle I want. I'm motivated by the future and how I can get there. I don't like to think about working in an office for the rest of my life. I want to explore the world, live on the edge, not taking any orders from anyone but myself.
I dream of a remote life in the countryside and I'm determined to get there.
3) What are the biggest hurdles you have overcame?
I've had to overcome the fear of self promotion and networking. As an introvert I find it difficult to interact with people but I've found that having an online presence has really helped me come out of my shell.
I also had no idea about how to run my own business when I started so I had to learn everything along the way.
4) What is your unique selling point?
I like to think my unique selling point is that I've been in the same position as many others. I've wanted to leave my job in the 9-5 life and I did it. I want to inspire others to be able to do the same. I've been there. If I can create my own business, so can you.
5) What is success to you?
Success to me is living a happy life. It's not about money or fame. I just want to be happy and I think a lot of people just want the same thing as me, and I want to help them achieve that.
6) Who or what inspires you?
I'm inspired by fellow female creatives and entrepreneurs such as Sophia Amoruso. I'm inspired by stories of people daring to live the life they want. I see people working remotely in Bali or driving a van around Canada and I know that's the life I want.
7) What is the most difficult thing about being self employed?
The most difficult thing about being self employed is money. Money can come in buckets one month and nothing the next. It can be difficult but you get such a kick out of finding a new client or selling a new product!
8) With the current COVID-19 pandemic have you found it increasingly difficult to be self employed?
YES. I lost all of my clients (event industry) and I had no help, I have outstanding invoices and no one to turn to.
Instead of moping about and feeling like rubbish I decided to take this time to learn a new skill and produce more content.
I created a number of ebooks, consultations and coaching sessions.
If you're not feeling motivated and can't face the day, that's okay too. You don't have to be productive - and you shouldn't always be productive.
9) Where do you see yourself in five years?
In an interview, this is one of my dreaded questions. I try not to think too much about where I'll be in the future but I try to imagine what I will feel. I'm hoping that in 5 years time I'll be happy, healthy and living the life I can dream of. I just have to put the work in now!
10) Give us a piece of advice you could give other self employed people/entrepreneurs?
Don't compare yourself to where others are. If you start comparing yourself, you'll never stop. You have to stay in your own lane. You have to do your own thing.
Your product or service has a unique selling point. That selling point is you and your story. People are not just buying your service, they are buying into you. Remember that.
Comparing yourself is so destructive. It's not going to help anyone and it certainly won't make you feel better.
11) Favourite quote or saying?