So, 2016 is almost at an end, the studio shuts for Christmas next Tuesday anyhow.
It’s been a turbulent year, from Bowie dying (heartbroken), to the whole Brexit and Trump debacle.
This year, I had a few things I wanted to achieve in my business:
- Find some new networking groups
- Form a partnership with a web developer
- Decide how I’m going to move forward
Item 1 was soon achieved. I need to network, it is a great way to find work, and get me out of the studio and meet people. I found a BNI group in Derby that had the Graphic Design seat free, so I snapped that up. BNI has been great for me in the past, a great place to get referred work (the best type for me) and a great place to find new colleagues to partner with.
I loved the Derby group straightaway, we are in a great venue – the Velodrome, and it is mid-morning. This suits me, at the moment.
Item 2 on the list soon followed item 1. I had been starting to talk to VOX Digital about working together, so when I joined BNI and saw the Web seat was free I invited them. They are now too a member, and we try and work together as often as we can.
Item 3 is a lot trickier. With the help of my coach (agencyignite.co.uk – also a BNI member in Hertford), I have decided to be more transparent about what I do. I am NOT an agency, and after some thought I have decided I don’t want to do that. I love collaborating with lots of different creative people and don’t want to employ them.
Next year, I want to do some more smaller creative projects and, also throw myself into larger reports and presentations – which I really enjoy doing. These will hopefully allow me to get involved in some larger brand identity projects and audits (dream).
I hope 2016 has been kind to you too, and I wish you a prosperous 2017.