It’s never too soon or too late to start your own business!
March 27, 2020
FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR INTERVIEW
Welcome to another interview, where I interrogate female entrepreneurs and ask some pretty juicy questions about their businesses.
This is the fourth interview of this exciting series. Read my last interview here.
The purpose of this format is to provide some unique insights into the life of inspiring, successful businesswomen, as well as a good deal of tips and tricks on how to create your own path.
Accordingly, if you consider starting your own business or need some inspiration or help for your existing company, this series is a perfect source for you.
So let’s head into the interview and get you some great inspiration, so you can create your own path soon.
Because here is the evidence that no matter how young or old you are, it’s never too soon or too late to start your own business!
Hedy is a teen entrepreneur and blogger. She started her own lifestyle blog and graphic design studio called Happily, Hedy at 16. Next to her passion to create, she also loves to read and play the piano.
I’m impressed with how determined Hedy is. She seems to know exactly what she wants and that is so incredibly inspiring! I wish I started my business when I was in Hedy’s age! It’s never too soon to start!
Also, I admire how she handles school and her business at the same time. I’m sure, that this is not always easy to juggle.
However, today Hedy shares a few tips and tricks on efficiency and also addresses the fundamental points on starting a business effectively.
Why did you start your own business?
I started my blog and graphic design studio mainly as a creative outlet. I’ve dabbled with website design since I was in grade 6 or so, and did some mock design work where I’d force my younger sister to be my client and fill out a whole bunch of questionnaires ;). Design and writing have always been something I genuinely enjoyed, and I love coming up with creative ideas and concepts. As I learned more about the world of business, I felt more and more drawn to the world of entrepreneurship and the power business has to influence and contribute to society. This is ultimately my goal behind building Happily, Hedy.
Please describe your business
I offer a variety of graphic design services, web design services, and just recently branched into writing services as well! As for my blog, it is for a community of like-minded females pursuing their best life, with content on self-care, mindset, style, books, and more.
What is your biggest challenge?
Part of it is just the balance between work, school, and life. Sometimes I get really excited about my blogging projects, and I find that I spend a little too much time on them, so I just have to remember to scale it back and be really strict with my time.
How did you tackle that challenge?
Being aware of the time you spend on everything is so important. Time-blocking is a method that I really like using, along with Pomodoro. And the other part of it is just putting yourself in the “to-do” mindset where you work on the things you commit yourself to at those certain times.
How do you manage school and your business?
As I mentioned in the previous question, allotting time to do specific tasks is really what keeps me aligned. I like to make a weekly to-do list and insert the things I plan to do into different days of the week, to keep everything scheduled. Another tip I have is to be able to say no or quit things that don’t truly align with what you think you are meant to do. This is so important especially when life gets busier.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I’m really inspired by other successful people who have achieved so much and built up their businesses/work to something big. So people like Steve Jobs, Poppy Harlow, Tory Burch, and Britt Morin. It’s just so inspiring to read about them and all the work they’ve done, especially all that they were able to achieve when they were still young.
What are your tips for women who want to start their own business?
Go for it! So much of what I’ve learned through my businesses is just by going and doing it. I still have a good balance of research and doing though, as it really helps speed up the process for things.
What are your future business plans?
I’ve got some big announcements to come in April 2020! But looking long term, I hope to continue growing my platform and brand to expand my reach globally. 🙂