I started Stacey Lynn Design almost 3 years ago and how I got started is still the most popular question I get. To be quite honest, I don’t remember exactly how the decision was made. I had experience with corporate events and promotions through advertising and a love of entertaining so it was quite a natural fit. I think the biggest thing to note is that I didn’t just drop everything to start my business. I admire people who are able to do that, it just isn’t my style. For almost 2 years I worked 2 jobs. Advertising is no 9-5, more like 9-7 if I was lucky. That means, to get SLD started, I would be working nights and weekends. Luckily, in the event world – most projects are nights and weekends. Also, my clients work during the day so they usually would not want to meet me until evening anyways. What about when travel required me to leave for a weekend wedding on a Thursday? Well, that is what my vacation days were for. It definitely wasn’t easy or fun all the time, but I wanted to make sure I loved it, not just liked it, before I gave it everything.
Now, here I am, 3 years later, full-time. I have been featured in a blogs, magazines and have been privileged to work with so many amazing clients on a variety of events and weddings. Things don’t happen overnight and I am still no where near where I plan to be with this business. I am a firm believer that if you work hard and keep to it, and most importantly, stay genuine – you will succeed. If you are working on growing your own business or want to get started; stay patient, work hard, be nice to people and most importantly, be yourself. Good Luck!