For me, the biggest learning curve was the transition from a creative mindset to a deep knowledge of business and how to run a rapidly growing company. Creative universities tend to focus on bringing out talent and nurturing these abilities as opposed to teaching students how to turn that creativity into a business. Creativity is essential, but I've been caught out in the past with gaps in my business knowledge.
My first business was a womenswear brand that I launched at London Fashion Week back in 2015. At the time I was young, passionate, and driven, but I had no business sense. We had been gaining exciting industry traction with celebrities and when the British Fashion Council offered us a showcase at London Fashion Week, we thought, great, let's do it. So, we quit our jobs and the rest was history. There was no business plan and no funding scheme. We were motivated purely by the excitement of the opportunity. As we began to work on our sales strategy, we realised how much harder and important the business side was to master. And so, my journey of learning, mistakes, failures and successes began, all on the job, taking each day one at a time.
I wouldn't change the journey I had, if given the chance. However, I do feel that I could have done certain things differently and got where I wanted to go faster and more efficiently had I had proper business training. I was lucky to pick up the business side fast and to find I actually enjoyed it. However, I couldn't have done it without the support of an incredible network of advisors, mentors, and friends throughout the entire journey