Launching my new business | BELLE.SOCIAL.STYLE

Creating a career to fit my life
Creating a career to fit my life

In my New Year post I briefly mentioned that one of my goals for 2015 is to start my own business. I have been feverishly working away to put in the groundwork to achieve this and so I wanted to give you a little update as to where I currently am in the journey.

THE BACKGROUND

I have gone through a massive transformation over the last 12 months. This time last year I was on maternity leave and the effect of 8 months with no more than 4 consecutive hours of sleep was seriously taking its toll. Damn you sleep deprivation! At the same time I was also desperately trying to unlatch baby from my boobs so I could stop breast-feeding and the cherry on the top was that we had just moved house.

I still had five months of maternity leave to go and thoughts of returning to work hadn't even crossed my mind. Until my boss called me and interrupted my flow by asking me what my plans were. This kickstarted me into action and some serious thinking about the life I wanted to lead now that the little person had made an appearance.

Thoughts of exploring freelancing had been a recurring theme for the longest time and now I had the motivation to try to make it work.

Fast forward to July and I returned to work on a part-time 4-day week basis. Ironically, weeks after returning to work and at the busiest time of my life ever. I navigated the transition into life as a working mama, whilst delving into the freelance world by managing to land myself not one but two clients. I know, I must be cray cray. But I am also thankful to the Universe for affording me that opportunity. It raised my confidence post maternity leave no end, and helped me to see that, actually, I can do this.

Life was stupidly busy for a few months whilst I juggled everything but eventually I got a more part-time role, so that I had the extra time to concentrate on my freelance clients and developing my business.

THE NEW BIZ

And this is it...BELLE.SOCIAL.STYLE - A social styling service for small businesses and creative entrepreneurs in the wedding, parenting and fashion sectors. Helping them to show off their brand's personality and their social side.

I am super excited about this new venture. It has opened me up to a world of female entrepreneurship that I have fallen head over heels for, as well as allowing me to connect with some amazing and inspirational women.

I’ll be sharing some behind the scenes of starting my biz on Instagram and Pinterest for those that are interested. Sign up so I can let you know when I launch and please feel free to share with anyone who you think might benefit from my help.

Have any of you started a business or thinking about doing so? Comment below and let me know how it is going.  I am passionate about promoting small businesses. If you have a story to tell, I would love to share it - nicola@bellenoirloves.com