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Small business chat updates – Sharon Hawkins

17 Nov

 Welcome to our Small Business Chat updates, this time with Sharon from Bee Spotted.

Sharon’s original interview was published on 15 October 2011. When asked where she’d like to be in a year’s time, Sharon answered, “We will achieve greater brand awareness and with our projections of more projects being commissioned, hopefully we can expand as a team”. And we’ve got yet another success – how great is this in a recession!? Let’s see how she’s doing and how she got there …

Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?

No. We have progressed further than I had considered 12 months ago. We have had tremendous feedback from clients, which are growing rapidly, mainly through word of mouth referrals – which is great for business.

What has changed and what has stayed the same?

Our team has grown but we still retain our personal service to all our clients at affordable rates.

What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?

I have learnt to be stronger and have learnt that it is ok to say no – often with better results than saying yes to everything.

What do I wish I had known a year ago? How to be assertive.

Any more hints and tips for people?

Keep reviewing what you are doing. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from those around you, including potential clients and existing clients. It will only help you grow.

Go back to your roots … enjoy what you do … and remember it is ok to have “me” time … you can be more productive when you are not working 24/7.

And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?

Nurturing client relationships and building new ones …

Well, that’s pretty good going, isn’t it – and a good plan for the upcoming year, too. It’s great to build your business on word of mouth referrals, as they save on advertising, plus if someone is recommended to use you by a trusted friend or colleague, they are almost certain to book in with you and be an advocate of your services themselves, too.

The Bee Spotted website is at www.beespotted.co.uk and you can phone the team on: 0845 519 7767 plus there are a whole load of social media links at the top of the web page.

NOTE: As far as I can tell, the beespotted service is still going strong as of July 2014, however Sharon is no longer taking part in this interview series. We wish her and the company all the best for the future!

If you’ve enjoyed this interview, please see more freelancer chat, the index to all the interviewees, and information on how you can have your business featured.

 
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