Karen Styles is the owner of Flow and Fire, helping multi-passionate women get the words right for your career and business. But she wasn’t always! When she started Dream to Done: A Guided Year to Clarify, Launch and Build Your Dream Business last February, she had a full-time job, a part-time job *and* ran an Etsy shop. Read on to see how this absolute rock star made her way to her dream business, and cut out the rest.
Why did you decide to work with me?
I decided to work with you because you help creative multi-passionate women create and launch their own businesses. I’d wanted to start my own business for YEARS but I wasn’t sure how to make it happen. At the end of 2018 I had gotten to a point where I was frustrated enough with my life/career and was totally ready to make a change and get your help.
What were you doing work-wise when we started working together – and what are you doing now?
I was working full time as an ESL Instructor in a Career Centre, and working part-time in DIY Craft Studio, and was also running an Etsy shop.
Now, I’m still working as an Instructor (but will soon be going to part-time hours!). I quit the part-time job and closed my Etsy shop because I launched my business Flow + Fire in July 2019!
What was your biggest takeaway from our work together?
When you have the right help, it’s completely possible to sort through your ideas and figure out what works for you to create a business and a life doing what you love.
Think of someone who is currently in the shoes you wore when we first started working together. What advice do you have for her?
Trust your inner self to guide you and get you to where you want to be. And once you start, the biggest key is taking action toward what you want – even if it’s imperfect action. Imperfect forward action beats waiting for perfection every time.
Is there anything that’s been a game-changer for you when it comes to your business that you can share? We’d love a good resource or a mindset/productivity tip!
Getting myself out of my house for a “work date” has really helped. Sometimes when I’m working on my business from home, I come up against all sorts of resistance to the feeling of obligation but treating myself to a fancy coffee or snack (or even a cocktail!) turns it into an event that I look forward to, and when I’m out it’s easier to get into the zone.
I love Acuity for scheduling because the email back and forth of “When are you available to chat?” gets old WAY too fast.
I also LOVE my SquareSpace website (and was so glad you recommended it) because it’s SO easy to make edits or add new pages to my site when I’m offering something new. If I had to contact a developer every time I think I’d really get stalled.
What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals!
I’ve recently started offering “Resume Reviews for Busy People”, and “Show + Tell for your Blooming Business” is coming soon for newbie biz owners who want to get the words right for their elevator pitches and website copy.
My flagship program “Get the Words Right” helps creative women nail down a clear elevator pitch, origin story, ideal role/client profile (and more!) in only 4 weeks.
Where can we find you and your work?
Are *you* ready to take your business from dream to done this year? Then check out the details for my year-long program before apps close ’til 2021!