~ One Year on… ~

Today {20th October 2014} marks the very 1st birthday for Studio B. I’m so excited to be sharing this with so many amazing clients and such incredible support. So, I have been frantically delivering these babies across Darwin! I hope you all enjoyed them! I’ve certainly had my fair share ha ha! B is for the BEST Clients!!!

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As I celebrate, I feel the biggest question on my mind has been “What Next?”. Although my first year has been incredibly awesome and I have never been so proud of something, or myself, there are still so many amazing ideas and opportunities that continue to sneak into my brain (usually at night whilst trying to sleep).

For me, the beginning of business life truly smacked me in the face like a dead fish. I wasn’t expecting so much stress or the anxiety brought on by the pressure I put onto myself. I certainly didn’t expect the amount of tears that have been shed, or the amount of achievements and ‘OMG’ moments. I have so many stories that I now feel confident and comfortable to share, along with plenty of damn proud ‘holy shit I AM a business woman’ moments.

One of the first things to get used to was having work, clients, jobs and money constantly in the back of my mind 24/7; even in the shower! I dream about work, I talk about work and I find it very difficult to switch off or just stop; no wonder I am exhausted.

As I reflect on the last 12 months and get excited about what the next 12 months have inshore, I hope I can continue to do what I love and that my business continues to travel down the path that I want to go down. I often question what “success” means to ME and if I am working towards that with my decisions and progress. Year 1 has been extremely successful in my eyes, but what do I need to do to ensure that year 2 is just as successful? Do I need to make any changes to ensure I am still moving towards my life goals and personal developments?

One thing I certainly don’t want to be is ‘just another design studio’. I want Studio B to continue to grow in a unique way, offering a unique experience for my customers and to do things a little differently.

Anyway, I’m sure I will figure the answers to these questions out in the coming weeks, and they’re certainly always in the back of my mind. So, I would love to take this time to reflect on ‘B’ and just how far things have come since launching my business on this day {20th October 2014} one year ago. Here is a little overview and a few highlights:

Studio B was launched on a Sunday, 20th October 2013. With no background in business, I was extremely nervous and to be completely honest I had no idea what the difference was between income Tax and GST!! I went from a full time position with a generous salary to a part time sales job, and was running the business part time. In March 2014, I went full time with the business as I was so busy and it was time to give 100% to Studio B. It was very difficult to let go of that part time income security, but it didn’t take long for me to begin making a small profit from the business. Thank goodness for my amazing partner Ryan for supporting me every single step of the way emotionally and financially ~ I absolutely could not have done it without him.

Within the first 4 months of going full time I successfully picked up 2 of the largest clients in the Northern Territory (TIO and Power and Water), as well as some work for the Northern Territory Government. I had also been awarded my first Annual Report for Department of Community Services; the design concept was approved with the first proof. Looking back on my business plan, most of the clients that I set the intention to work with are now regular clients. I have even done a logo for a Cafe´ in South Australia, and have sent 2 printed jobs to QLD.

Studio B Designs has been credited in 2 publications ~ ‘NT Style Wedding Magazine’ (for assistance with the layout) and the book
‘The Cosmopolitan Hippy’ (for the cover illustration and design, and assistance with the typesetting). I have done a fantastic range of jobs from an sirpot sign for a helicopter company, shed signage, vehicle graphics, Darwin Cup Carnival wristbands, corporate documents and tools, information wheels, bumper stickers, business cards, event stationery, booklets, wedding
stationery, product brochures, posters, stubby coolers, banners, fishing shirts, baby shower invites, the list goes on…

Although there is a large list of achievements, my favourite highlights would be successfully gaining 46 clients ~ creating 17 x Logo Designs for new businesses ~ completing 2 x Government Annual Reports within only a couple of weeks.

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To my beautiful clients, my partner, my friends, my family and most of all the people who have continually referred my business ~ words cannot THANK YOU enough! I feel like the proudest mum today, not only of my own business and growth in the last 12 months, but that of my clients also. It feels a little surreal, and I’m not entirely sure exactly how I have gotten through the last year, but I did it! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! I hope you all enjoyed your delicious cupcakes!! xxxxx

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I can’t wait to show you all what Year 2 has in store!!! Thank you all again.

xx B xx

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