I RSVPed to this event on a whim when a friend sent me the invitation - and I'm so glad I did. Being a business owner in Cape Town, when most of our clients are in Joburg, means that you can feel quite isolated. I'm not part of a big agency. I'm not working late at night surrounded by a team of other people. And while there are many upsides to this, it was wonderful last night to be surrounded by like-minded women working in creative industries, and feed off the energy and enthusiasm in the room.
Growing up I never saw myself being an entrepreneur one day. In my mind, entrepreneurs were gutsy, charming risk takers - the kind of people who could sell ice to an eskimo, and do it with a twinkle in their eye. No, that wasn't for me. I aspired to be a power-suited corporate ladder climber: diligent and hardworking (although this was possibly because I grew up in the 80s and shoulder pads were big back then;).
If you run your own business, you'll hopefully reach a stage when it's well established enough for you to start expanding it. Why should you expand? Because you don't want to stagnate and become uninspired with what you're doing, which is a quick way to reduce your business performance. But you also want to stay competitive in the market or industry you're in, and of course you want to keep increasing your profits! These are some of the reasons that we've experienced at Black Mountain, over the five years that we've been running.