The final mini interview is with Sharla, a pr & marketing consultant who created her own business called Easy Consulting Studio. She is also an instructor at Blanche Macdonald here in Vancouver.
1. What made you decide to start this business?
I've always wanted to be an entrepreneur and start a business/ be my own boss. It was empowering to start a PR agency because I knew I was good at what I did but never felt the confidence to go out on my own. It took leaving another agency to build up the confidence and start Easy Consulting Studio.
2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Leading a creative, growing team at Easy Consulting Studio and mentoring people entering the industry.
3. What is your favourite and least favourite part of the job?
The hours. I love that I am able to create my own hours, but at the same time, the industry is always on so I feel like I'm always online.
4. What is your biggest challenge?
Setting boundaries. As I said, the public relations and marketing industry are primarily digital so there's no clear delineation between being online and offline.
5. Advice for someone wanting to start their own business?
If you're thinking about starting a business then you should do it. Take the plunge! It's a risk worth taking.
I wanted to interview Sharla because I have had an interest in social media, branding, and marketing. When doing some research I found Easy Consulting Studio and thought it was super cool and unique looking. I was happy to see cohesive blue feed instead of the typical beige tones. Also a fellow Vancouver lady and an instructor at a different fashion school. On her website she not only has her services and clients listed but she also has a blog where she talks about ways to improve working from home, engaging with your audience, working as a freelancer, and more. I think this is a smart way to keep showing her knowledge and engaging with potential clients. She was so friendly and easy to reach. Im excited to be following along her journey as she navigates this industry. I also did my ent skills final project on a design/marketing studio and listed her as a local "competition"/influence for a career path. I would love to continue this interview with her later on if I end up taking that business idea to get some much needed advice.