A Day In The Life: Rachel Gadiel
You know when you send a bunch of interview questions out to someone and you get their responses, and you’re like – wait – did I write these myself? That. Today, I’m joined by biz lady Rachel Gadiel of Nourish, and I’ve spent the morning nodding my head in agreement to everything she says in the interview below, especially what she finds most challenging as a business owner! Read on for a hump day dose of inspo from one very smart (and gorgeous) creative entrepreneur…
What’s your job title?
I wear a few different hats. First and foremost I’m a digital brand strategist and work with creative entrepreneurs and start-ups to help manage their online presence – covering everything from social media + content marketing, to website development and SEO. I went freelance in 2014 and in 2015 I have plans toestablish a brand and roll out and expand my service offering – watch this space!
I’m also a Writer + Blogger over at Nourish, which is a toolbox of sorts for creating a life you love. It was created for fellow dreamers and creative types and is dedicated to inspiring change, fuelling growth + sparking creativity. It’s through my blog I launched my first eBook, GLOW: The Practical Toolkit for Dream Chasers + have plans for more creative projects this year.
How did you get to where you are today? Any stand out career moments?
I worked in the corporate world for almost a decade in digital advertising and publishing and was lucky to work on some amazing brands and campaigns including Woolworths, Optus, Nokia, Telstra, American Express, Dove + Sunsilk. I did a degree in Marketing + Psychology and started my career in the Marketing Department at KPMG, but quickly found myself feeling very stifled so after a year I moved to the advertising world, working for Ogilvy + Mather. It wasn’t until a few years later that I was back working in a corporate environment and found myself feeling stifled once again, so on a whim I decided to launch a blog as a creative outlet – a small decision that has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on my life after it ended up turning into a full blown passion.
Do you have a morning routine? What does it look like?
Yes I do! When you work from home it’s easy to be lazy but I find having a morning routine helps to set the tone of the day, getting me into the ‘work’ mindset. It goes like this: get up; mediate; shower and dress; down a glass of warm water with lemon, followed by a nourishing breakfast + coffee. I normally take my coffee to my laptop and begin the day with checking emails and social media.
What do you love most about what you do?
Being creative and coming up with ideas! Plus getting to do a lot of different things – I crave variety and am always keen to learn new things. That’s what I struggled with the most in the corporate world – I found as my career progressed I was forced to ‘specialise’ in specific areas and this to me was not fun at all. Variety keeps it interesting!
What do you find most challenging?
Working by myself – as much as I love it, it can also be hugely isolating, especially in terms of bouncing ideas around with people. When you work for yourself you need to make an extra effort to reach out to other people and network – I find this a big challenge being an introvert and is something I need to get better at.
What do you think is one of the most important skills an entrepreneur needs to have?
The ability to self- motivate – there is no one else there to cheer you on or prompt you to do things – it’s all up to you! It’s super easy to want to throw in the towel and take the easy option, but this is no where near as rewarding. Plus you need to be able to think outside the box: some things are just not straight forward and you’ll need to assume the role of master problem solver as you grow your business.
What’s one thing you learned today?
That I need to think outside the box! Ha. But seriously, one lesson I learn again and again everyday, is that fear of failure will always be the thing that holds you back from doing what you want. The more comfortable you get with it and acting in spite of it will see you grow. And each time you grow you’ll learn something new, pushing and expanding past the self-imposed boundaries you once placed on yourself.
What do you think small business owners are struggling with most at the moment?
I think there is a huge gap between taking your biz pro and just being a solo-preneur. And as a creative entrepreneur the problem is never about having ideas – it’s always time + not having enough of it. So the trick is to get super creative and be realistic on what the most important thing for you to do is: and fast.
Where you should invest your time should be guided by what is going to make the biggest impact.
Any advice for other wannabe or existing entrepreneurs?
Don’t be afraid of change – it’s inevitable. If something isn’t working, change it. Doing the same thing over and over again won’t get you the result you want. Learn from your failures and move on fast. You need to have a whole lot of resistance and determination to be an entrepreneur – it’s not for the faint hearted, that’s for sure.