The lovely Nat Hill from Poppies Wedding and Events shares little about the girl behind the business.
How, why and when did you first decide to start your business?
Last Jan I wanted to do something different, something that could lead to being able to work for myself and something that allowed creativity. I thought back to the times that I had enjoyed helping others and a common theme emerged, I love organising people and things, I get a kick out making sure events whether big or small run as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. So I figured, since I had the business experience, project management skills that this was a good a time as any to plow ahead.
What did you do before your started your business?
I was/still am a Project Administrator, I’ve also managed and organised many corporate events as well as events for volunteer organisations.
What is the most enjoyable aspect of your job/business?
That’s easy seeing my brides and grooms relaxed, stress free and happy on their big day, that always without fail brings a smile to my face.
What is your least favourite aspect of your job/business?
If money wasn’t an issue what would your life look like?
I would probably travel and spend a couple of months at a time at different animal sanctuaries around the world, volunteering my time. Orang-utan’s in Borneo, Chimps in Congo, Penguins in South America, sloths etc etc I could go on and on…
What does your world look like outside the business?
Busy, I love trying new things so I’m always taking up a new hobby and learning a new skill. I’m currently studying for an Adv Dip as well as working and growing my business.
What inspires you?
People that give their all, and have fun doing it.
It has to be “Top Secret” I cant go past a corny comedy that is slightly left of centre.
What do you enjoy doing in your ‘down time’?
Reading and chilling with my fur babies.
What sets you apart from the other businesses/ business owners?
I Listen! I also have a lot of life experience, I have travelled and met and worked with many cultures and people from many different walks of life. I’m not “locked” into one idea or style.
What is your big goal/dream?
To be able to bring in enough business to work the other job only 3 days a week.
What keeps you going when you want to give up?
My partner, his belief in me and his support no matter what hair-brained thing I might do next.
Tell us something random or interesting about yourself that most wouldn’t know.
I am trained in MMA (think UFC), I played roller derby, I’m training to go to the World Masters in 2017 for Archery and I just took up Karate, I’m also trained to rescue, remove and relocate venomous snakes.
What is your favourite quote or piece of advice:
“Old enough to know better, Young enough not to care”
What single piece of advice can you give someone looking at starting a new business in the event industry?
Do it! but research first, have a solid plan and go for it.
You can find more information about Poppies Wedding and Event Planning here.