Running a small business is not for the faint at heart. Who can agree with me that running a small business is like being on a never-ending rollercoaster ride? One minute you’re cruising at a level pace, the next you’re at the highest of highs and then all of a sudden something happens and you feel like you are falling fast. Please tell me that it’s not just me that feels that way. Now, I know some times are better than others and it’s great when we get to a point where we are cruising at that level pace for a long time but even if your business is doing great you know that at any time things could change and even the little hiccups sometimes feel like you are crashing to the bottom. The thing is though, we stick with it, right? There has to be a reason behind the long hours, the stress, the decisions, the learning curve, the growing pains, and all the other craziness that small business owners endure. If it was just all about the money, it wouldn’t be worth it – we could go work for someone else and make a decent living, right? So, what is it? What’s your biz story? What is your why?
I thought it would be fun to share my “why” as well as a few other awesome small business owners that have an amazing “why” as well. If you missed my story, check it out here and also be sure to check out Trena’s, Tracy’s, Ashlyn’s, and Shay’s stories. Today, I’m super excited to introduce Ashley Miller from Blush Event Company to you as she shares her story.
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What motivated you to start your business?
“There was a lack of readily available, experienced ‘extra hands’ day-of for the special events industry. We are support staff for small businesses to execute flawless events for their clients. We can assist with event logistics, event setup/breakdown, registration staff, planner assistants, coat/bag check, and even one-off tasks (swag bag assembly, gifting suite management, etc). We step in and assist our fellow special event peeps.”
How does your business look different today than when it first started?
“We have added so many services to serve our clients’ needs as the industry changes. Of course, we only add those services that make sense for our company’s culture and mission.”
What is the hardest part of running your small business?
“Wearing multiple hats/titles. I try to outsource those things that I absolutely hate or are too time-consuming that take me away from growing the business.”
What motivates you to keep your business going even when it gets tough?
“Knowing that my company & team members being on assignments allows our clients to take on bigger events or multiple events in a day. This, in turn, expands our industry and their portfolio. My motivation also comes from knowing I’m providing opportunities for my team members to make money and gain new skills/experiences that will assist them in future endeavors.”
What is one piece of advice you’d give a new business owner?
“Go work for a company full-time providing the services you think you want to provide in your own business. I think the hands-on experience will get you ahead faster than just a dream with no skills.”
If you would like to learn more about Ashley and what she does, check out her cute website here!