Today at A league of Her Own we chat with Antonia Taylor, who is the female entrepreneur behind Antonia Taylor PR. Antonia started her business 5 years ago and has never looked back!
Antonia tell us more about your business Antonia Taylor PR
All businesses want to create that edge – with their customers, their people, communities and advocates. Antonia Taylor PR embraces communications to help get them there. We look at where your business is, where you want to be, and map out how PR will help you get there, to elevate your profile and reputation, where it matters.
What made you decide to become an entrepreneur?
It honestly just evolved, I wanted to do my own thing as a freelancer to have more balance around my family but it took on a life of its own. I’d never dreamt of building a brand in the way it’s unfolded. I didn’t know you could create a life around a business you’re so passionate about.
How long did it take for you to put your idea for Antonia Taylor PR into action?
I actually went to see a life coach who helped me work out I needed to transition away from freelancing in its purest sense to building a micro-business of my own.
What has been your scariest moment as a female entrepreneur?
The uncertainty. I still find myself struggling with that. Knowing it’s down to you, when you’re having a really flat day. There’s a tendency to think running your own business is all going for coffees, flexible hours and sparkles…the truth it it’s 5am starts, weekend working and always feeling like you can’t catch up with yourself.
What has been your proudest moment?
Our 50 Game Changers project which is run with my client ConnectTVT was pretty amazing. I was also pretty pleased to sponsor my little boy’s football team – he was chuffed to bits.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned from founding your own company?
Stay true to you. It’s such a cliché but listen to you intuition. If it’s not a yes, it’s a no. It’s hard to hear that “no” coming through sometimes.
What does success mean to you?
Being in a position to give back and share your success. It’s still new for me, but being able to pass leads through to friends, being able to help newer businesses out, it all counts.
Which women inspire you?
My client Louize Clarke (you can read Louize’s interview here). She’s literally disrupted a whole region through her projects and created a digital scene that simply wasn’t there before. The way she gives back is just incredible and something to aspire to.
And which men?
Does Barack Obama count?
What one thing do you wish someone had told you when you first started out?
You’ve got this. And it gets lonely so build your tribe NOW!
What’s the best piece of business advice someone has ever given you?
Something I read recently from Natalie MacNeil “Queens don’t chase, that’s how your crown falls off.”
There’s something about it that resonates about having faith, being resilient and doing the work that I love. Good things will come to you if you patiently, respectfully build your empire.