Hello!!!

Welcome to my new blog series talking to lots of female entrepreneurs about their journey into running their own business and how to make it work. The response to this blog has been incredible so once it finishes in a few weeks I will add more to it over the year. As a business owner myself I LOVE chatting to other people in business so I hope this helps you too.

First up in the series I have my gorgeous friend and fellow work partner in crime- Natasha Cadman!

I first met Natasha about 7 years ago and instantly loved her- she was SO COOL, calm and generally had her s**t together. I warmed to her straight away. Not only  is Natasha an incredible photographer she also has a talent I don’t think she is even aware. I don’t know what it is but when ever we meet for coffee or drinks she completely gives you the courage to go for it- what ever you are doing! She gives me confidence in my job & is the perfect partner to chat business with as she fully understands the Mummy/ Work balance since having her own little adorable boy Ezra. I always feel so refreshed and excited about my business after I meet up with her. She is one of a kind and I am so pleased our paths crossed when they did.

Anyway enough of the gushy stuff! I met Tash in Leeds last week for a work day (When we both work from the same place on our separate things- but have company we so often miss when working for ourselves.) We stopped off at a couple of places so I could get some new head shots for Natasha which is always a giggle putting a photographer on the other side of the camera! Oh and of course we made time for a longer than normal lunch! I have asked Tash a few questions so you can all get a glimpse into her business and take some advice from her if in business yourself or thinking of starting your own business. Enjoy!!

Name: Natasha Cadman
Age: 34
Business Name: Natasha Cadman Photography
Job Title: Business owner / Photographer
Tell us a little bit about your business: I specialise in lifestyle photography for weddings, families and small businesses.
How did your business begin? I did a couple of upaid weddings for people early on in my career that snowballed into being asked to do more 😉
Once you had the business idea how did you turn it into reality? Lots of practice. Learning how to use my camera and direct people to get the best out of them.
What is the best thing about running your own business? Freedom of time  – especially now that I have a young family!
The hardest thing? Managing it all. Wearing all the different hats that you have to. Photographer – marketing  – customer liaison –  strategist  – content creator – etc.
Have you ever made any mistakes? If so what did you learn from them? Yep loads. Not getting accounting software early enough was one of them.
How do you create a good work/life balance when working for yourself? Time structure. Be strict with your time.
How do you run your business around family life? Compromise. There is never going to be a perfect week so just give your self  grace when it doesn’t go to plan.
What or who inspires you? Im inspired by loads of different people – but im most inspired and motived about the prospect of creating the lifestyle that you want and not just fitting into the standard status quo.
Do you have any advice for anyone out there thinking of starting up their own business? Be prepared to but the work in behind the scenes – it’s all achievable but you have to do a lot of work before anyone notices.

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