Jessica Bishop is one of the most driven, dynamic women I’ve ever met. I initially discovered her in my wedding blog days. Mr. Dial and I were on a very tight wedding budget, so it was only natural that in my Google searching about Nashville weddings that I would come across The Budget Savvy Bride. I immediately fell in love with her and with her highly-engaging blog. Not only does BSB keep her busy, but she also has a bustling graphic design business. And on top of all that…she’s also relocating from beautiful Nashville, TN to The Big Apple! In fact…I’m fairly certain she’s moving as I construct this blog post! SO exciting! Presenting…Mrs. Jessica Bishop!
Jessica, tell us how you discovered your passion for what you do.
Blogging has really combined a lot of my passions and strengths. I’ve always enjoyed writing, I wrote poetry and kept a journal from a young age. I have also always been interested in arts- always doodling, sketching, crafting, painting and trying to do other creative things. Blogging combined the best of both worlds for me!
What was the catalyst for starting your blog and the purpose behind it?
I was planning my wedding and wanted to keep a journal or scrapbook of sorts of my wedding planning journey. Little did I know it would turn into a career path! The purpose of Budget Savvy Bride is to inspire brides who want to have a beautiful wedding on a small budget by sharing realistic inspiration, tips, diy projects and advice from other real budget brides.
So you launched The Budget Savvy Bride in May of 2008 and recently launched your design business in October of 2012. Tell us a bit more about that.
Yes, through Jessica Bishop Paperie I offer wedding invitations, personal stationery, various other paper goods and gift items. To read more about why I’ve started this new business, click here.
Who is your target customer?
Savvy and stylish girls who appreciate quality for a great value.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
It is something that I struggle with but you have to set boundaries. Since I work another job in addition to running my blog, I schedule specific ‘blog time’ to work on it. I also make sure to schedule coffee dates and social time, too. I think the hardest part about finding balance is that I LOVE what I do, so it doesn’t always feel like work!
Do you have employees / an assistant / intern program? If so, how did you adjust to letting go of the work and entrusting someone else with it?
It’s pretty much just me behind the curtain. I have contributing bloggers who write for BSB on a voluntary basis about their own weddings. I decided to go that route because I felt that the thing that draws brides in to the site is hearing from other girls who are going through the same things they are.
What has been your best method for generating new business?
Social media! I wouldn’t be where I am in either of my businesses without creating relationships via social networks.
What is the biggest personal sacrifice you’ve had to make because of your business?
Time, really! There are evenings that I spend on my laptop working late into the night to get things done, but luckily they are few and far between.
What aspect do you most enjoy about your business?
I think the feeling of accomplishment and ownership- knowing that I built it and it is mine. I feel a huge sense of pride for creating something that other people find valuable and helpful.
What is your favorite thing about being self-employed?
Meeting other entrepreneurs and small business owners. I love the community I feel with others who are like me, and the wonderful people I’ve met and gotten to know and support over the years.
If you could go back and give yourself one tip from day one of the business, what would it be?
Don’t get caught up in comparing yourself to others. Only measure your success against yourself to see how far you’ve come!
Are you involved with any community outreach / non-profit organizations? If so, tell us about it/them and why you got involved.
I participate in community outreach through my church, and I also like to support the ASPCA because I am an animal lover!
Where do you go for inspiration? (Person, website, location, book, etc…)
I’m a Pinterest junkie- I love how visual it is. I also love to read other people’s blogs, especially different traditional artists, illustrators, watercolor artists, etc.
What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?
Travel to Europe!
If you could ask one person, alive or dead, only one question, who would you ask and what would you ask?
I’d ask Martha Stewart if I can work for her. 🙂
What do you imagine yourself doing 10 years from now?
Running my own business with my hubby, maybe a couple of kids? Who knows! I take it day by day and trust in God’s plans for my life!
What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Moved to NYC with no job! Feeling the fear and doing it anyway… stay tuned!
How can we connect with you?
Isn’t she inspiring, friends?! Thanks again to Jessica for taking time from packing for her big move to share some of her valuable insight with us. I don’t know about you, but I can empathize with her in a number of areas – being so passionate about my work that it often doesn’t feel like work and remembering that we’re each on our own journeys, so it’s futile to compare our paths to others’.
I hope today’s interview fueled a desire to “take the leap” towards whatever passion you have. Life tends to pile up on us and bury the goals, dreams and desires we once had. Just take a step forward. Every step counts! Until next week…be inspired…an have a delightful weekend!