We asked Katherine some probing questions about starting her website and thought you guys would enjoy reading a little bit about her!
- What inspired you to start Inspiring Creative Women?
I found a passion for millinery at a young age, a Milliner who worked for Frederic Fox came to visit us at my university and she showed us a hat that she had cast from rocks. I thought this was amazing because it encompasses art, fashion and sculpture all in one!
I became hooked and have been building my millinery business ever since. I was helped a lot from different people along the way so I thought that it was now time to give back, and Inspiring Creative Women was born!
I want to be able to help other designers who are starting out with business advice and support. It's also aimed at women who are changing careers or becoming mum's and would love a creative career to work on at home.
- Did you face any troubles starting your Inspiring Creative Women pages?
I started the website and then the Facebook book community, the problem was then finding people who would be interested in joining. Every week we upload a blog for the website and showcase a fabulous celebrity woman of the week, however the best way I have found to get people involved is via Facebook live and the Facebook group. In the group I can answer any questions, put up info to help and engage with members. It's also a great place for like-minded creatives to interact and help each other.
- What do you enjoy the most about starting your own blogs and websites?
I have always wanted my own business. I remember telling my dad that I wanted to be a fashion designer at the ago of 10 and my English teacher at the age of 13, who promptly told me to stop dreaming and look at realistic options. I.e. be a secretary!
That actually made me more determined to succeed in my chosen career so I could prove them wrong. Anyway, I enjoy learning, helping others, being my own boss, working out what would be good for my business, and acting on it. I like to think laterally and solve problems. It's also lovely to meet new people, see what they are doing and help them in any way I can.
- How do you come up with ideas to keep your Inspiring Creative Women instagram and Facebook page relevant and gaining followers?
I try to write and upload blog posts that would help a creative designer in his/her business, and help them find clients and make money. That being said, I hope the topics I have chosen so far are relevant! I also do a Facebook live every Monday on a business topic or a personal development topic. I know how hard it can be to run a creative business on your own, especially if you are working from home, so I try to give help and support, something I would have loved when I started.
I believe that if you give, then you get back, so if I am doing it correctly people will follow.
- How difficult was it to start your own website and how did you know what to do?
For about a year I followed a lot of online women in business who knew more about the online world than me and I learnt from them. I also watched youtube videos on how to set things up.
I also joined a few Facebook groups myself and asked questions. At first I started creating my website on wordpress but it was taking up a lot of time to learn all the tricks. In the end I found a lady in a group who had a really nice site and I asked her what she used. She told me that it was square space and that it's quick to set up so I started watching a few videos and managed to get the basics up quite quickly.
You need to start somewhere and then you can develop it, that's how you grow. Don't be afraid of starting a project.
- How would you describe Inspiring Creative Women in 5 words?
Inspiring, positive, creative, fun, informative.
- What is your favorite social media platform to get your ideas out there and why?
I love Facebook because people seem real, you can have proper conversations on it and I have made a lot of contacts on facebook.
Instagram is my next favourite because it's full of beautiful images but it's harder to build relationships on it. I don't understand snap chat yet, I don't see the point in putting up a post that will disappear! I suppose it's good to use in day-to-day life but not so much in business.
I hope you enjoyed that and I look forward to seeing you in our Facebook Community!
A big thank you to Michela for all the fab questions!!