We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Before I started my own company and worked for someone else, I felt like I could never relax. Like my phone would ring at any minute and I’d need to be prepared with whatever the call required. Fast forward two years and I now work for myself, work longer hours than in my corporate job and still have the same “what if the phone rings” thoughts. The difference now is that I LOVE my job and it rarely feels like work because I’m truly having fun! Luckily, I feel more balanced than ever because I am able to do the non-work things I want to do, while bringing my work along with me.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We focus on web design, social media management, graphic design, and email marketing. Like any small business owner will tell you, there have definitely been challenges. Learning to budget time for every project and tackling the administrative side of things were definitely a challenge in the beginning. I am most proud of maintaining relationships with each client. I am able to personally work on every project and ensure it is high-quality and meets or exceeds clients’ expectations.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I was having a friend in town for a week, I’d definitely take them to Caracol for dinner, such a fun atmosphere and amazing food. Other dinner stops would be Eunice for oysters, Molinas for great Mexican food, Pinkertons for barbeque, North Italia, and Travelers Table. I love to make lunch since I work from home, but one of my favorite lunch places is Island Grill. We would definitely have to stop for drinks at McIntyre’s and Kirby Ice House. I’d also have to bring them by Memorial Park to take the dog for a walk too!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are several people to thank here. First, my old job that came to an unexpected end, forcing me to dive head first into starting my company. My family and friends also pushed me and sent positive vibes along the way to help encourage me when things got rough (and still do!).