Industry thoughts, sharing great ideas,
snippets and top tips, by Olivia Lane-Nott
Who would have thought that in the last month I would have spoken to a total of eight friends and ex-colleagues who have been asking me for top tips about setting up their own consultancy?
In June, it will be five years since I started my business at my kitchen table.
That turned into a desk in our front room, and then we converted the small old wash house in our back garden into my Farrow & Ball painted space, with vintage apple-crate boxes for my shelving system, and our old dining table fashioned into an uber cool long workbench!
It was a big milestone and reinforced why the world demands offices, or at least designated separate office space, whether it's serene calm or funky co-working!
I have built up my consultancy business to advise some wonderful clients, and I haven’t looked back.
I tap into a brilliant network of suppliers: design & creative agencies, digital providers, print companies, photographers etc. I’m in my office probably one to two days a week, and go out to clients on the other days.
I’m always so flattered to be asked for advice on starting up on your own – it means that hopefully I’m doing something right!
So I thought I would list the top things that I couldn’t live without and my top tips:
Running your own business is brilliant, and if the last five years are anything to go by, I would recommend it to anyone.
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