Tell us about the Services you offer…
Wee Bit Social offers
Social Media Management – Offering a few posts a week, or taking over your platforms completely.
1 to 1 bespoke social media training – I find every business is different and this enables me to really help each business personally with options specifically for them and their industry, rather than a generic workshop.
Auditing – Perhaps you want a quick fix so to speak in regards to what you are doing right and wrong on your current platforms and you have a limited budget, this is a cost effective option to get started.
Social Media Strategy – Taking into account your time and platforms best suited to your business, this is a detailed plan ready to go for you to put into action across your social media channels. For those of you who want to run your own platforms but not sure where to start.
Consulting – A monthly meeting to discuss upcoming events, new offers or products and how to maximise this across your social channels. Also covering figures and engagement and how to improve on this in the coming month.
How did you come up with the idea and what motivated you to go for it?
I’d been struggling for quite awhile having gone back to work after maternity leave – as most mums do! I was unhappy with the work/life balance and I basically hated my job. I had done a bit of reviewing, blogging and community management for an online business and had always wanted to go back to this but couldn’t find any opportunities with my experience or with the hours I needed.
I came across Digital Mums strategic social media management course, studied part-time alongside my job and instantly felt like it fitted, this was something I liked doing and could actually get paid to do. I loved it! I was kept on by my program partner after the course and the rest is history!
What do you love about running your own business and what do you find hard?
I absolutely love the freedom to work from home and be there for school pick up every single day! I feel so absolutely lucky at times like school holidays and when my little dude is ill that I can work alongside him on the sofa. No more panicking about ringing my boss having to use my holidays to take the day off to look after him. I also love working with different business owners, they are all so creative and inspiring and it means no two days are the same! I absolutely love training because it’s so short and sweet but I get to follow these businesses after and watch how brilliantly they smash their social.
I do have the mum guilt all. the. time! Probably more so than when I worked in an office because although I do try to get work done during school hours, I do sometimes have to work after school and at night, but don’t all business owners, there’s never enough time in the day! I also hate doing my own paperwork! But absolutely nothing in the world beats the feeling of running your own business. I know so many people who would love to do it but just wont take that leap! It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.
What kind of Boss Mum are you and how do you manage the juggle?
The juggle is super hard. It doesn’t help that if I see fluff on the carpet at home I have got to get the Hoover out, I am a little OCD so I often take my laptop to a cafe! But I have a lot of lists and I am crazily organised so I always get the job done in the end, even if that means convincing my dude to appear in social media videos for me!
Do you have a favourite app or work tool you think everyone should know about?
I have to say Buffer has been my favourite scheduling tool since my training days at Digital Mums and Trello is a pretty awesome organiser – and it’s free! Even better!
How do you define success?
Success to me is doing a job you are excited about, but still having the time to switch off and spend time with family and friends, and having enough in the bank that you don’t need invoices to be paid on time!
What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?
To say NO more often, we are always taught to say YES to new experiences, to meet that person for coffee or that every project will look great on our CV, so don’t say No! That might be true, but I’ve learnt you just don’t have time to do everything, you need time to decompress – unless you’re Gary Vee – that man is a machine!!!
What is a normal day in your life like?
Every day is slightly different, which is brilliant. I tend to try to get out and about as working from home can make me feel slightly stagnant, so I attend networking events a few times a month to meet other business owners. I also work in local cafe’s – it helps with creativity, and I have regular meetings with clients around Edinburgh as well as training sessions with new clients. I tend to schedule 3 full days every week for content and engagement for various clients which I try to fit within school hours, so it can be quite challenging but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
What has been a particular highlight for you since starting your business?
Talking to Thandie Newtown on Twitter about naturally curly hair products was a particularly exciting moment for me, especially when she retweeted me a few times! You just can’t help but immerse yourself in your clients world and their products and it was so brilliant having a conversation with someone who is also so passionate about that world. It also really helps your reach when they are well known!
What’s next for your business?
I’ve just finished being re-branded so it’s time to get my head around my new look and get going on that which is super exciting, but apart from that I would like to expand on my consulting services a little more in the future.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
You will only regret the things you didn’t do!
What advice would you give someone who was thinking about setting up their own business?
Do it! It will be scary and stressful and some days you might even wonder if it was really worth it, (of course it is) but no matter what happens, you will never, ever know unless you just take the leap and do it!
What is your favourite Social Media platform and how has it helped in your success?
I really really love Instagram! It’s such a welcoming, friendly platform and the spam is at a minimum – for now. I love how easy it is and that you can genuinely make real connections with a community. I’ve found so many amazing, brilliant businesses through Instagram and purchased their products, so I know first hand that social media works!
I think it’s a brilliant way for business owners – especially small businesses to tell their story and connect with their customers in such a natural and honest way – and all without having to rely on advertising! ( Take that Facebook!) I find it to be such an easy and conversational platform, I’ve found so many new clients through just connecting with others.
Who inspires you?
There are so many women that inspire me, I only need to scroll through my Instagram feed to be inspired, women running their business and a household, being a brilliant mother and role model for their children and all the while offering support to other women in business. It’s totally inspiring!
What was your dream job growing up?
Tell us 3 facts about you…
- I’m Australian – I moved to Edinburgh in 2006 and I’m still as in awe of this beautiful city as I was that very first day I arrived.
- I was on Deal Or No Deal and won £5,000
- I am the youngest of 7 girls! Yes yes, my poor dad – what about my Mum!
What do you enjoy most about being a part of Mama Tribe?
It’s such a supportive and welcoming community and there are so many creative and brilliant business owners on Mama Tribe.
Thanks for giving us an insight into life behind Wee Bit Social, Marti, we love having you as a Member of the Tribe.