Welcome to the first update from Sara, a friend of a friend, who runs Sara’s Parlour Face Painting, which offers face painting and other art services in the West Midlands and beyond. I first interviewed Sara in June 2017 so we’re long overdue a catch-up (and that’s entirely my fault) and I’m glad to see things are going so well. Last time, this was where Sara wanted to be in a year’s time: “Full time, potentially with at least one paid worker in the office so I can work on being creative!”
Hello again, Sara! So, are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
Yes things are on the up.
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
I’ve continued to grow my corporate client base. I still don’t have an assistant – but I’m hoping to this will change shortly. I am busier than ever!
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
Sometimes you need to make a change before you get snowed under. It’s always worth looking for what business help and advice there is out there.
Any more hints and tips for people?
If you want to run your own business it has to be a labour of love. Expect long hours – so make sure its something you really love to do!
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
Expanding what we offer with more party services and I hope to have expanded into mural making as I have an illustration degree
I very much agree with doing what you love – even though my job is a lot less creative, I still enjoy very much being in on the process of creation at the text level. Do have a look at Sara’s origin story in her first interview (ever start a business by accident? I sort of did that, too!) and click on a link below to see the marvellous work Sara does, and I’ll be looking forward to her follow-up interview next year!
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