Life has been really busy for the past couple of months...crazy busy in April in particular. I started my PR business in January with zero clients and focused a lot of time for the first three months (since I didn't have any projects!) on networking locally and building an online presence. I've continued to work toward my interior design certificate, and around this time I started to crave some hands-on experience in the industry.
So mid-March, with some connections I knew might lead to PR projects in the future, but still nothing to speak of yet, I started working at a to-the-trade furniture & fabric showroom. I was able to visit A. Hoke Ltd. around Christmastime as a design student (since it's not open to the general public). One of the managers gave me a tour and lots of helpful information, like the fact that there is only one other furniture & fabric showroom in Raleigh. It was like a little field trip for just me!
When I contacted A. Hoke in March, they were low on help from their interns and really needed some extra hands. So I started working soon after that with about 25 hours per week. At the same time, several PR jobs started panning out from connections I had made networking. Things went from 0 to 60 really quickly.
I put together a strategy for a promotion I might do in the future for a local menswear store...I interviewed for a part-time PR position that I soon realized I had no room for in my schedule and turned down. I started freelancing for a branding agency to support one of their newest clients, a regional law firm. I cut out one of my days each week at A. Hoke, and then submitted a proposal to a local attorney to help with marketing and reputation management.
I talked with a local marketing agency about freelancing for a client who would like to put some money into PR efforts to promote specials at his local restaurant. I recently finished a press release for a friend's dad who owns a business building custom homes in Charlotte. I'll be cutting down on another day at A. Hoke soon and starting work for the attorney I mentioned! P.S. see photo below - I have tons more of these. Contact me if you want any fabric swatches for crafts! :)
All the while I've been trying to keep working on my interior design class - thank goodness I have no deadlines in that course! It's definitely become more of a weekend project lately. And so, this is what I mean by work-work balance. I'm trying to balance my work in these two different realms. Sometimes I can't completely separate them, like when I need to take a break working a the showroom to submit a press release, or when I get an idea for a client while folding piles of fabric.
Though it can be overwhelming, and I'm already learning about boundaries to keep a work-LIFE balance, I'm super blessed to be able to work in both of these fields that I love right now. And when I'm at home, I get to see this little guy all the time! :)