Five things I’ve learnt about myself since owning a business.

For the past year, I’ve been muddling my way through owning a business. Sure, we’ve got the upcycling thing down, but what about all the other bits that go into running a business day-to-day? There’s been a lot of learning! And here’s a few things that I’ve found out about myself along the way.

1. I’m a perfectionist. Not an ‘everything has to match and look perfect’ kind of perfectionist, but one that is really, really focused on attention to detail. Oh, and doing the whole process right from start to finish. I have a zero tolerance for shortcuts. I mean sure, it’s the age old ‘what’s your biggest weakness’ answer, and I wouldn’t necessarily consider it a weakness, I just hadn’t ever realised it about myself before. I guess it means I only produce work that I’m happy to put my name next to.

2. I need freedom. Freedom to make decisions, freedom to make mistakes and freedom to put my own ideas into action. I have learnt that freedom is what keeps me motivated to learn more and really push myself to think outside the box.

Which leads quite nicely into: 3. The 9-5 life does not suit me. Now this wasn’t something completely new, but it is something that I have taken on board, digested, investigated further, and recognised to be something that just doesn’t fit. And, side note, who did decide that almost everyone needs to be in an office from 9am – 5pm five days a week? Now that my working hours are suited to the hours that I am most creative and productive (and what I want to do!), I am so much happier and more efficient.

4. I’m a really productive procrastinator. Niche, hey? But when I don’t want to do something, I will do absolutely every little thing possible that I could ever need to do before that one thing. Heck, I could come up with a new product, photograph it, upload it to the website, post all over socials before doing something as small as tidying the studio…

5. I have an incredibly supportive network of family and friends. Ok, so this one isn’t news at all, but I’ve grown an even bigger appreciation for my friends and family who have supported me through starting my own business, leaving full-time employment and cheered me on through every idea, achievement and milestone.

Everything feels that bit easier when you are surrounded by people who are so supportive and invested in both you and the business, and I have learnt just how grateful I am to have my people around me.