What’s the name of your business and what do you do?
Advance Design Solution – We offer Web Design, Graphic Design, Logo Animation, Wedding Stationery, Social media Campaigns Our motto is “Thinking, Made Visual”
Who are your clients/customers? Do you work locally or nationally?
Our Clients are diverse and all over the UK at present and we hope to branch internationally very soon! Some of our clients are Prime Electrical Group, Ownnit Fitness & Rehab Clinic, B-Fierce Studio, Lyall Building Solutions, Mini-Couture Kids Boutique to name a few.
What would you say are the best things about running a business in Forth Valley?
There are plenty of opportunities for those who want them, There are also great creative spaces both paid for and free available to those who do not have an office or set working place.
What inspired you to start a business?
I was always completing someone else projects for fun, It would be silly not to turn that into my career and off I went!
What problems did you encounter in starting your business?
Funding for advertisement was the main concern, however, as you grow organically this becomes less important until you branch outwit your community and local area. Social media is your friend in this department & it’s power is unreal.
What do you enjoy most about self employment?
FREEDOM & the sense of accomplishment that comes alongside seeing your finished product on a clients window, website, flyer etc.
Is there anything you don’t enjoy about self employment?
It can be a very solitary experience at times, it’s important to find time to switch off and have “you” time.
What are you most proud of about your business?
Our Growth over the First year, most business plans fall through before their first year of trading, we have grown and pushed through strength to strength.
What advice would you give to others who want to set up their own business?
RESEARCH, know your field/product, who else sells it and what AREN’T they doing… place yourself in the market and go for it. The princess trust and Business gateways also have HUGE support networks and can help with simple things like business plans, market research and similar.
What’s your favourite thing to do to relax when you’re not working?
Music & Friends, It’s important to socialise when 90% of my day is spent on various screens… unplugging is great & totally under rated.