Since March 1st is here, I wanted to do a 2010 recap so far about starting my own company, being that my blog is "It's the Climb."
November 15, 2009: Decided to Start Young Designs.
January 1, 2010: Launched Young Designs: Event Design and Production
January 17, 2010: First Bridal Show in Little Rock
January 22, 2010: Confirmed First Official Client (as in contract/deposit in hand)
February 28, 2010: Bridal Show in Conway, Arkansas
Well in the first two months, Young Designs has FIVE official clients! You have no idea how excited that makes me. Getting a new business up and running, definitely is a climb of itself and now the clients are here, so the work really gets going. Do I still love it? Every second of it. And I have loved getting to know my clients and working with them on their events, mostly weddings right now. Consultations might be a new hobby of mine.
I have also added "Trend Tuesdays" on the blog! Each Tuesday, I will be featuring an event aspect or trend. Check out the posts so far here.
I have had to make a few critical decisions about the business. One of those was location. Running a home-based business in Maumelle or running Young Designs out of Limehouse's location in the Heights area of Little Rock. If you know me well, you know I love my little town and everything in it. So I have decided to remain a home based business and work primarily from my house. I am still able to give clients an option of meeting at Limehouse for convenience, thanks to Wendi. So, Young Designs will truly be based in Maumelle, Arkansas. This excites me for many reasons, sales tax going to Maumelle, joining the Chamber of Commerce, working with the city, giving back to the city, etc.! (Some of you might be making fun of me that it really was a decision: getting a Little Rock business permit vs. Maumelle, but it changes ALOT- more than I would have thought)
All in All- I am still glad and thankful every day that I have chosen to go with my gut feeling about this business instead of taking a full-time marketing job. Even though a salary pay check would be nice, at the end of the day, it really isn't about the money. To me, my biggest accomplishment will be a few years down the road when (hopefully) I am able to offer someone a full-time internship, so that they can learn about this fabulous industry the way I did.
For those of you who have followed my blog since the beginning, I sincerely thank you! Your love and support means so much to me. Please continue to keep my company and myself in your thoughts and prayers. It is and will always be a learning process. I can't wait to see what the next two months holds for "my climb."