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February 16, 2024

My small business community got me through | Sarah Phelps | The Digital Circus LIFE

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In today's fast-paced and frequently impersonal digital marketplace, the importance of community, personal connections, and genuine interactions has never been more critical for small businesses. 

This week we chat to the wonderful Sarah Phelps from Sarah and Maude, a vintage printing press company about the power of community and authentic connections. Having started a business on the other side of the globe and bringing that business back to the UK, Sarah truly believes that it was her small business community that got her through what was definitely a challenging transition.

Harnessing the Power of Community

Sarah talks about  the vital role that community plays for solo entrepreneurs and small business owners. Operating a business solo can often lead to feelings of isolation and detachment. However, by actively engaging in a supportive community that understands the unique challenges and joys of small business ownership, entrepreneurs can find solace, encouragement, and practical assistance. 

Sarah herself illustrates this point through her involvement in a WhatsApp group, a small business community for other printers where small business owners share their experiences, challenges, and triumphs. This kind of community not only provides emotional support but also serves as a valuable resource for troubleshooting and creative brainstorming.

The Importance of Authentic Connections

In discussing her passion for wedding stationery projects and working with small businesses, Sarah reveals the profound satisfaction derived from forming authentic connections with clients. This level of personal engagement not only enriches the service she provides but also transforms clients into long-term relationships and friends. Sarah's experience underscores the value of authenticity in business interactions, demonstrating that genuine human connection can indeed lead to both professional success and personal fulfillment.

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For small business owners like Sarah, the road to success is paved with challenges, but also with opportunities for both personal and professional growth. Engaging with a supportive community, prioritising personal well-being alongside business goals, and fostering authentic connections with clients are not just strategies for business success; they are essential components of a fulfilling entrepreneurial journey. By embracing these principles, small business owners can navigate the complexities of entrepreneurship with confidence, resilience, and a sense of connectedness that enriches both their professional and personal lives.

Find out more about Sarah..

Visit the Sarah and Maude website here

Follow her adventure over on Instagram here

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