Why hello there!
It's been a couple of months since I posted an update here as I've been tremendously busy. Whilst my primary business and passion - Natalie Crowe Designs focuses on Website Design and Business Mentoring, I've had a side project in the wings for some time, working through the processes of setting up my sister business - Natalie Crowe Designs Crystals.
It's always amazing to me to be able to take the resources I have and help others apply them to their business.
However, to then have the opportunity to practice what I preach and apply those very same principles to my own business was such an experience.
Although I see it through my clients, to see it first hand - my works making a difference - is amazing and in all honesty, I'm loving it.
It's giving me new insights and also giving me another perspective on what it's going to take to make changes in my own life as a learning curve in order to motivate and help others do those very same things within their own businesses.
I do have to say though, I completely understood 2 months ago, what my clients say when they first come to me ... "I have this great business idea, but I don't know where to start."
I too was challenged at the concept of starting a new business after passing the introductory stage and being well into the growth stage of my primary business...
The idea of "how to do it right" started to play on my mind, and had I not applied my knowledge since working for myself and mentoring others. The whole process could have been so much more daunting.
Sitting down at my favourite little cafe - Lovedale General Store, It started ringing in my head again, one of the big things I push with all of my clients - It doesn't have to be perfect to start off with, it just needs to be out there. Something is better than nothing!!
With the major factor for most startups is that the desire to want to make it perfect often see the business owner procrastinate... Rather than making a move.. getting something done. Taking action! Making a decision and following through with it...
Like any new development, the most important thing is to just get the ball rolling and start that momentum.. Take some sort of affirmative step towards getting things underway. It doesn't matter if it's not your best work to start off with.. EVERYONE has to start somewhere...
It was truly just a reminder to myself to keep myself on focus of the end goals, - I wanted this business to be out there, to become well established and profitable, but more importantly to be affordable and to be able to be there to help others. Which aligns with all aspects of my business and lifestyle goals - Contribution and making a difference in the lives of those around you.
So after decluttering my mind - with my brainstorming worksheet we generally run through at the beginning of every mentoring session, I was then able to start working through my ideas and getting them broken down into actionable steps.
After applying some of my own resources - Target Market worksheets, Mapping out the foundations to our online store / website, Working on a few ideas for marketing plan etc, I felt such a sense of achievement in the hours that past that I'd allocated to work ON my business not in it.. Things are definitely looking much clearer and brighter!!
Although I've not launched the new website, we're working through social media - facebook page and facebook group whilst I get the content for the store up and running.
I was in conversation with a wonderful client last week about this new venture and the differences and which I loved the most. As I said to him, As much as I love the retail outlet and the diversity of NCD Crystals offers, my primary focus remains on the website design and business mentoring work. I love being able to help educate people, I love to be able to help other solve problems and see outside the self defined box. I love seeing my clients succeed when they recognise their own potential which was always there. As a secondary business, I allocate time to work on my secondary once I've finished the work for my primary focus --- Natalie Crowe Designs.
Anyway lovelies :)
I'll keep you posted on our progress with this new phase of Natalie Crowe Designs which I truly believe is going to be both beneficial to the community and to my clients as I develop new resources and techniques through my own experience.