From corporate career to own consultancy
Being offered a full-time or nothing ‘option’ when I returned to my corporate marketing role following maternity leave was the best thing that could’ve happened to me.
It gave me the push I needed to start my own business – something that I had always dreamt of. And so six years ago in Sydney Australia, Marketing Vision Consultancy was born. Taking my years of experience working on large global brands both in Australia and the UK, I set up to work with small businesses and start-ups – my vision being to help clients launch and grow successful businesses.
This week I am making the finishing touches to my newly refurbished home office (Marketing Vision HQ), and it has suddenly really hit home just how far the business has come since I wrote our first website sitting at the kitchen table (typing at speed!) during my son’s nap times. Not only will I now have an amazing contemporary space to work in, there is only the shortest of commutes to work!
It’s been a busy journey
As anyone who runs their own business knows, it isn’t always easy. There are amazing highs, but also challenges to overcome along the way. Not least to stay motivated, maintain self-belief and keep going.
Sometimes it is easy to forget how far we have come on both our personal and business journeys. When I reflect over the past seven years, I have amongst other things:
- Had two beautiful boys
- Relocated from Australia back to the UK with my young family
- Moved house three times
- Bought a family home with my husband
- Grown a successful marketing consultancy alongside family life
- Contributed expertise to a number of business books
- Been a guest speaker at Stylist Live, Enterprise Nation events and a series of Country Living events around the country (and discovered that I love presenting!)
- Been in a speaker line-up with amazing business women Emma Bridgewater, Sophie Conran, Cath Kidston and Liz Earle (so inspiring to have met them in person )
- Written marketing features for Country Living Magazine – the UK’s largest Home title
- Gained some great PR opportunities (including The Times – yep, pretty proud of that one!)
- Visited 10 Downing Street (something I never imagined I would do!)
- Worked with many truly incredible small businesses (I feel very lucky)
- Met numerous inspirational business owners who have helped me shape and grow my business
Of course, others will have accomplished much more in that time. But for me, I am happy with my achievements – it turns out that raising a young family is rather demanding! Though of course, I will always be striving for the next thing, I think it’s just in my genes. Six years in, and Marketing Vision still feels like an adventure. The world changes so fast, marketing tools and techniques perhaps even faster.
I was keen to feature some inspirational quotes (to boost motivation!) into the new office space and was absolutely delighted to work with Sarah Best, founder of Mrs. Best on these. Not only is Sarah incredibly talented, her customer service is second to none and I couldn’t be happier with the bespoke prints that she created for Marketing Vision HQ. (There are some branded ones also – but those will be revealed once the office is complete).
Don’t be afraid to dream BIG
And so when I think back to sitting down with that corporate Marketing Director in his office to discuss my return options (listening to his archaic, inflexible viewpoint on part-time employees) – I don’t feel anger. Instead I feel relieved. Relieved that I had the opportunity to grow a business on my own terms. Relieved that I didn’t have to go back to corporate life and become a cog in their unforgiving machine. Relieved that I was able to spend lots of time with my boys in their early years as the business took shape. They are now both at school. (Where did that time go?) It has taken a lot of hard work and will continue to. But I love what I do, and every day I feel incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to take the career path of my dreams.
If I were to give advice to my younger self, it would be, ‘Don’t ever be afraid to dream BIG’. That’s what I always tell my little ones – I just hope they’re listening (even just a teeny bit!).
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