Second up in sharing past interviews from my newsletter, Angharad Jones.
By the way, in case you missed the ‘news’, I’m going to be sharing my past newsletter interviews here on the blog. I’ll be sharing from first to current so there’s plenty to go. By the way – want to be interviewed for a future newsletter? If you’re a creative, a blogger, a small business owner or anything along those lines …get in touch and lets discuss!
Hey Angharad! Tell us a little about yourself and your business.
Hey Laura! So, I’m a designer based in Cardiff. I spend most of my days helping small businesses create their websites from scratch or improving their existing websites in different ways e.g. SEO audits, adding content / pages, restyling, switching Squarespace / Shopify templates etc..
I work from my studio at the Printhaus in Canton where I’m surrounded by lots of creatives all running their own businesses – it’s super inspiring!
What’s the best thing about what you do?
There are so many great things about running my own business! After almost 10 years of working in a ‘normal’ 9-5 job as a BBC Web producer, the feeling of freedom when I left was amazing.
Since leaving I’ve met so many amazing small business owners and clients who inspire me with their amazing skills. I’ve worked with.. weavers, fashion stylists, photographers, videographers, printmakers, artists, online homeware stores, florists, jewellers, designer/makers, an examination board, a bridal shop etc.. Their wide range of skills and expertise keeps things really interesting for me!
Do you have any tips for aspiring online designers?
If you’re just starting out – forget about perfection. Running your own business and creating your own brand is a constantly evolving thing so don’t feel like you have to have everything spot-on from the get go.
- Plan: Make a plan for you first year in business and set yourself some goals (I’m still working on this, haha)
- Share your work on platforms like instagram + interact with communities / designers that you admire
- Learn: Get skilled up. There are so many online and face-to-face opportunities to learn new skills. Some of the online platforms I’ve used are: Skillshare, Square Design Guild, Brit + Co, The Brand Stylist Workshops and Me & Orla Instaretreat.
- Get out there: I feel lucky that Cardiff has so many great events to attend and spaces to work from. I love The Monday Club, Creative Mornings and working from my studio at the Printhaus. Before I had my studio I used co-working spaces and cafes like: Rabble Studio, The Sustainable Studio, Chapter etc…
Do you think being a Wales based business is a bonus? In a London-centric world, does it present any struggles? I love that you offer bilingual services.
For me & my business, living in Cardiff has been great! There’s plenty going on for small businesses and being bilingual has been a real advantage. Plus if there’s ever any London events that I fancy going to – it’s only a couple of hours on the train. Best of both worlds!
What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on so far?
Ooh this is a tough one! I loved working with my accountant Lauren at Full Stop on a website refresh earlier in 2018. We worked on the photography with Dee (Diana Oliveira Photography) and I kept the design super clean and minimal. I love how it turned out!
What’s your favourite Welsh phrase, and what does it mean?
Maybe not quite a phrase but I grew up in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, which is a small village on Anglesey + the longest place name in Europe and the second longest official one-word place name in the world. Random fun fact!
Images via Angharads’ Instaggram