Your Name: Ashley Thompson
Military Branch Affiliation: Army
Years as a Military Spouse: 2 in August
Business Name: Smash Creative Services, LLC
Year Established: 2012
Tell Us About Your Business:
Smash Creative Services is a company that offers Branding, Marketing, and Consulting Services. We work with our clients to develop a Brand Strategy, Brand Identity, and all the visual pieces of their brand. From their logo to their business cards we use strategic design to communicate a brand. We can help businesses carry out a brand strategy with a well developed marketing plan. We offer services in SEO, Social Media, PPC, Email Marketing, and more. Also businesses just looking for guidance in starting a business, transitioning in business we offer hourly consulting to meet your needs.
Did you always know that you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
No, the idea had always been pretty scary to me. I never imagined not having that steady paycheck. But when my husband joined the Army and I had to leave my job I decided that it was now or never and I took the leap!
What motivated you to start your own business?
I knew with my new military lifestyle that we would be moving a lot. I didn’t’ want to start all over every time we moved. So I knew that if I was in business for myself I would never have to quit a job ever again.
What is the best part of being an entrepreneur?
There is a huge sense of accomplishment with being an entrepreneur. When I look at everything I have done in my business I know that it was created with my blood, sweat, and tears. It hasn’t been an easy journey but when you overcome those obstacles and start seeing the successes it is worth it.
When you start a business you have to play so many roles. I have to be the accountant, customer service, secretary, human resources, etc. You have to learn it all and know how to juggle all of those tasks to remain successful.
Do you find that being an entrepreneur fits well with your role as a military spouse (or does it even factor in)?
Being a military spouse gave me the ability to take the leap into entrepreneurship. I think it fits well because I can take my job with me everywhere I go. There also is some challenges that I face being an entrepreneur and military spouse as well though. It is hard to keep office hours with a crazy military schedule, it is hard to make business decisions when you don’t know where you will be living or when you will be moving. You have to find a way to keep your local clients when you move.
How do you blend working from home and your family relationships? Craziest moment?
I still struggle with that. I am usually always working on my computer when I have a few moments to spare and I try to pick one day to be unplugged for a while and just spend time with my husband.
Biggest lesson learned so far as an entrepreneur:
Your time is valuable. As you grow find the right people to carry out the other tasks in your business so you can focus on what you do best.
Best piece of advice for a budding entrepreneur:
Network! Building great relationships is critical to succeeding in business. Don’t look at everyone as a potential client but as a partner, resource, or referral.
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