Steph is the creator of Styla Prints & Design. She has a passion for design and produces some amazing and unique pieces for all occasions. Her products can be personalised or custom designed to suit any occasion or theme your heart desires. Steph does all of this whilst raising two beautiful young girls and understands the big juggle of a working mum.
What was your biggest challenge when starting up your own business?
The biggest challenge for me when starting a business was overcoming my fear of not being good enough and that people wouldn’t like what I do. I still sometimes doubt myself and my work.
What business advice would you give to a mamma starting out?
I would say to anyone starting out in business to invest in training or find some good business coaches, podcasts or programs to follow along to. Running a business takes a lot and you wear the hat of most jobs, so when you don’t have the knowledge it becomes very overwhelming. There are a lot of podcasts that I listen to that help with running a business mindset money mindset marketing etc.
What has been your greatest business achievement so far?
I started off believing That this was just going to be a hobby I didn’t have very good mindset and I lacked confidence. For me being confident and proud now is such an achievement. I’ve also learnt or I am learning not to care what other people think of me and that if they’re not here to support me then they can keep on moving :)Also I am self-taught in a lot of areas such as the programs I use, running a business, marketing etc, and I have done all this learning while having little children. This in itself is an achievement.
What was your job before your business? Do you miss it at all?
Before Styla Prints And Design I worked as a customer service agent at Qantas at Melbourne airport. I don’t think I miss it I definitely miss the people and working with the team because my job can become very lonely working from home behind a computer. But I have always been a very creative person and I’m so glad to be finally working on something that I love.
Where did your passion for design begin?
I remember as a young child I’ve always loved being crafty and was always my favourite activity. I’ve always had a passion for colours and sparkly things and pretty things and it’s always been something that I have done whether it’s been a hobby or for events etc but the business started just after my first daughter was born.
What is the biggest challenge of running your own business? What is the greatest benefit?
For me I wanted to start this business because I wanted to be able to work from home so that I can always be with my children and be there when they need me. I am very blessed to be able to work from Home and be there for my children but it’s definitely hard to balance out everything and do work while you have young children in the home. They don’t understand that I need to do work and they always want my attention. I try to fit in as much work as I can when they are napping during the day or I’m usually working late into night after they’ve gone to bed.
Mum life questions
What is your number 1 piece of advice for a new mum?
My advice to a new mum is to surround yourself with other mothers and people who understand what it’s like. Make sure that you talk to someone if you’re feeling stressed or unsure about something because parenting or motherhood is definitely hard and getting advice and Reassurance that you’re not the only one going through that is life changing. I regularly catch up with some friends who have children similar age to mine and after we have our catch up I feel so much better that I’m not the only one going through what I’m going through and that it’s all normal.
What was the worst advice you received as a mum?
I don’t think I ever received bad advice I love asking questions and getting other people’s feedback and advice because there are things that I haven’t thought about it I didn’t know about and I love picking people’s brains.
What was your most embarrassing mum moment?
I can’t think of anything that has been a mum embarrassing moment as such but definitely when my child is having a complete meltdown, swearing at me in the middle of the shopping centre and everyone is staring is not a good feeling.
What was your most challenging mum moment?
I can’t tell you one most challenging moment because I have a very challenging 4 1/2-year-old so I guess we are living that dream daily. She is a very strong-willed little girl and definitely keeps us on our toes. My biggest challenge is not being so controlling and allowing my daughter to make decisions for herself even though I don’t necessarily agree with them.
What does a day in the life of Styla Prints and Design look like?
A day in the life here is waking up at about 7.30, breakfast and a coffee is a MUST then some sort of outing to the shops or park or we hang about at home. We love watching movies. I have a four-year-old who goes to Kindergarten 3 days a week and a one and a half-year-old Who stays home with me. My little one will have a nap around 12 noon and I will try and fit in a workout and some work.Then it’s time to start preparing dinner and we get through that just. Kids are in bed by about 7 pm or 7:30 pm and then I get back on the computer till about 11 pm to do more work.
What is the next step for Styla Prints and Design?
For me right now and it was always important that I put my children first so I will continue doing what I’m doing until my girls are at school and then I plan to kick things into overdrive. I really like this to be a full-time job and bringing enough earnings to not need me to find another job.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I wouldn’t say it’s a guilty pleasure because I’ve learnt that there’s nothing wrong with making myself happy but I do love working out and I always try and fit that in. I do like a bit of chocolate and I love my Coffee :)
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