I was seeking someone to assist me in marketing this project and I cam across Lauren. She has been a pleasure to work with and sometimes knows where I’m going before I say anything. Below you’ll find out more about her and what she does.
Name of Company? Lauren Jewel
What is your website address? www.Laurenjewel.com
Give a brief description of what the company is and does: I am a freelance writer. I work with small businesses to help develop their brand voice and identity. Through online marketing efforts and website copy I help them to create brand recognition.
How long have you been in business? A little less than a year, however, I like to think I’ve been working on getting here since grade school.
What made you want to become a part of Create To Launch Conferences? I always work on projects I truly believe and once I met Neisha there was no doubt in my mind she was destined for nothing short of greatness. I know how beneficial this conference will be to so many entrepreneurs and their small businesses and I am so very fortunate to be a part of it.
What is the most fulfilling aspect of being a business owner? Being completely in control of your own success leads to such a fulfilling feeling of happiness. Every day I wake up excited to get to work and I carry that feeling with me throughout the day. It is true what they say, “when you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.”
How important is a support system for you to succeed? I would be nowhere near where I am today without the love and support of so many people in my life. From the praise and encouragement of my parents, to the kindness of my mentors throughout college, and the steady support from my boyfriend today, I owe my motivation to these people.
What do you wish you would have known five years ago/or before you started your business? Everyday is a learning process. What I would have liked to have more fully recognized along the way is that success takes time. I am a long way from where I am going, but I have finally accepted I can only get there one step, one day, at a time.
What has been the most challenging part of being a business owner? Prioritizing. Each day my to-do list grows exponentially longer than the day before. Learning to do things in the order they need to be done, instead of becoming so overwhelmed that nothing gets done, has been key to balancing multiple projects.
What would you tell someone who wants to move to the next level in their business? Invest in yourself and your business. You need the proper tools to do your job well. The marketing background in me says to write out a marketing plan. How will you be successful if no one knows about you? You have to get your brand out there. Market, network, and market some more. You can never stop marketing yourself.
What personal changes have you had to make as a business owner? Recognizing my own weaknesses and working to strengthen those areas. Admitting where you need help or improvement is key to moving forward. I am admittedly easily distracted. So keeping my work area organized and free of clutter is necessary for me to work effectively. Limiting my “fun time” on the Internet was really key to keeping myself focused and on task.
What advice do you have for attendees? Don’t try to write down everything you hear. Really listening to what the speakers are saying will help you absorb and take away more. Write down only points that are helpful specifically to you
What can one expect from you at CTLC? To walk away inspired.
Tell us something others don’t know about you? I am addicted to cupcakes. I love to bake them, buy them, eat them…even my dog’s name is Cupcake.
Ask/Answer any question you wish (about your business) that has not been asked.
How did you get your start? The question I get a lot is how did you know where to start. And my answer is that starting is probably the most difficult part of any project or venture. You literally just have to jump in and go for it. Be persistent. I must have sent out dozens, if not hundreds, of resumes before I landed my first freelance job. And after that initial obstacle you will find, with that same continued dedication, your business just sort of keeps growing from there.
See all of you in a few days.
All the best,