In early September last year, we touted the value of having a business goals group to cheer you on; and provided some insightful questions to ask yourself if your work isn’t as fun as you’d like. In an interview to finish the week, Tish Davis, of Elegant Event Sitters Inc., tells us her experience with the pros and cons of risk-taking.
When I started my business in 2004, I was all over the place. I wasn’t quite sure where to begin: how to get customers, how to brand myself, what my company was about, how to meet people in the industry. I was just flying by the seat of my pants, really. At that point, a few of my friends were also flying by the seat of their pants: trying out new business ideas, exploring with hobbies, soul-searching. We all had so much in common at this juncture in our lives. I thought it would be advantageous for us to join forces and help each other. Monthly we met to discuss our dreams, goals, wins, challenges. We always finished our meetings asking the group to help us with one thing: keep us accountable, put us in connection with a contact, help with a research project. We called ourselves the “WEB” (Women Entrepreneurs in Business).
I know one of the reasons I started my first business was because I wanted to have more fun. I wanted to play by my own rules. I knew that having a business was a lot of hard work and dedication, but I knew that I would also have the freedom to define my own style of work, my business culture, and how and when I worked. I have, however, gone through points in my entrepreneurial career where I am not having fun. Sometimes it is temporary… maybe I have a difficult client, or business is slow and I am worried. But, sometimes the “lack of fun” has lasted a little too long.
When I first heard of Elegant Event Sitters a couple years ago, my immediate thought was, “BRILLIANT! Why didn’t I think of that?” The company offers childcare solutions, including babysitting at weddings and events. Over the last few weeks I’ve been chatting with owner Tish and learning more about her. I love how adventurous she is! She’s been able to expand her business beyond her home state of Georgia to Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. To me that shows that not only is Tish a risk-taker, but also she has some solid operations that she is able to replicate in other markets. Tish, I’m excited to see where you go next!