WELCOME TO SATURDAY BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT, WHERE WE FEATURE A DIFFERENT BUSINESS EVERY SATURDAY!
This week we are featuring
Emily Pogue of Emily Pogue Freelance Writing
How long have you been in business?
A little over 1 year
What is your business all about? (services, products, etc)
I create and edit content to help people grow their business or expand their brand.
What makes your business unique?
My business is unique because I am unique. It’s important for me to understand who my client is as well as what their goals are for their businesses and something in me is able to connect with that and create amazing content. My business is run by me and people often choose to work with me because of who I am and what I do.
What made you start your business?
There has always been this current, this hum within my soul saying that I was made for more. After writing my first article for a local magazine a month or two after starting my blog, the current was more calm and less intrusive. I knew I loved writing and when you can find that sweet spot of doing what you love and being good at it, that’s the stuff you dream about..
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful business owner?
Patience, accountability, and communication.
What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to launch their own business?
1. It is okay to not do things scared. You don’t have to jump right now just because the new entrepreneur click phrase is “do it scared”. If you are the kind of person that wants to figure things out slowly, do the math, test the waters, ease out of full time employment, whatever it is… do it your way. You don’t always have to jump before you think or do things that you fear. That’s good marketing “Do it scared” but it’s totally okay to “Do it thoughtfully”.
2. Pay attention to yourself. You are going to be pulled in 517 different directions. You will need to have good awareness of how you’re doing, what you’re eating, how often you’re drinking (both water and vodka), and where you are emotionally. People often think the financial piece is the marker for success but if you can start and run your business emotionally and spiritually even, you’re doing amazingly well!
3. Wear kneepads… sometimes life knocks you to your knees. It also helps for the countless times you pray that someone will find you valuable. And they always come in handy for groveling for business.
Who has been your greatest inspiration? Or what book has inspired you the most?
My favorite book has been Anne of Green Gables. My grandparents gave me a hard copy when I was young and I often imagined myself as having a bit of Anne in me; wildly independent but unsure at times. The humor and attitude and thoughtfulness are all things I like to think I have.
How do you conquer those moments of doubt that so often stifle or trip up or stop so many?
I acknowledge them. I don’t try to bypass them or to block out the doubt. I acknowledge the doubt, sit with it a bit, figure out where it comes from and where it needs to go, and let it go. Please feel free to share any other information that will help your audience get to know you better.
Thank you, Emily, for letting us share a bit about you!
If you’d like to reach out to Emily, here is Emily’s Contact Information.
Company’s Name and Location: Emily Pogue Freelance Writing in Sioux Falls, SD