So last week was Social Media Week and i had the pleasure of being one of the entrepreneurs invited to ‘Sex Up Your Start Up’ a Q&A with Richard Branson at the Virgin Media HQ.
It was the first time they opened up their new office, which was lovely i must add. A few of us got a bit picture happy, not quite sure what type of visual concept i was going for lol but the aim one day is definitely smart disruption.
I’ve written 5 key lessons other entrepreneurs and small businesses can learn from Richard Branson about Social Media on the My Social Media PA blog. Have a read HERE and let me know your thoughts and feedback.
I often get asked why I decided to start my own business?
Well there’s a few different things if I break it down.
I initially had the idea for my business My Social Media PA in 2010. I was working in Digital Marketing, doing Social Media at a record company. It was at a time when things where still a bit new and there was many exciting developments in terms of digital in the music industry.
Soaking everything in and being the eager type of person that I am I started taking on freelance projects outside my 9-5. It didn’t matter if you had a band, a book or a restaurant if I liked what they did and thought I could help with the Social Media I would do it. It was challenging but rewarding to actually see something I had been a part of off my own back help someone towards their goals. Thats when the business voice inside of me started saying “hey, theres an opportunity here”.
It’s imperative to grow a thick skin as everybody has an opinion on the ‘right way’. I’ve learnt criticism is essential for growth BUT so is learning to trust your inner voice. Where would we be without it?
My Social Media PA was commissioned as the Social Media Youth Consultant for somewhereto_’s #spacedevent.
somewhereto_ is an amazing project that provides people under the age of 25 with free space to do the things they love. The #spacedevent that we worked on was focused around giving 100 young entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch for free office space for up to a year.
New year……new beginnings? And all that other said things that comes with it.
The first thing i’ve had to do is leave New Years Resolutions as a thing of the past as in reality nothing i’m ever trying to achieve convientantly starts on 1st january apart from fad diets following the festive feastings. And that right there is the problem, i’ve constantly approached New Year Resolutions like many of my failed diets as a ‘fad’ or ‘quick fix’ that never last long….At ALL. And i now realise the moment you set your self up to approach what should be a lifestyle goal as quickie its always bound for failure.
This time ive sat down and thought about my long term lifestyle, goals, choices which i’ve always had and then refined and listed how i intend to get closer to them throughout this year.
My first attempt was 3 years ago in the form of 'Pilar Relations' during my year placement at Warner Music. The plan at the time was to document the life of an intern in the music industry, however things got so manic that I only ever managed one post :-S