Celebrating entrepreneurs with Pip Meecham, ProjectBox
Pip Meecham, founder of ProjectBox offers some really sound advice for people starting their business when she says; “be really clear on what it is you want to do, on what problems you want to solve”. Through ProjectBox, Pip works with people to look at how they do the things they do (their systems) to make them more efficient and more effective. This is something we all need especially as we scale our businesses. In our celebrating entrepreneurs series we asked Pip to answer a few questions about her own business journey.
What do you love most about being in business?
The flexibility and freedom that it allows me to have.
What word/s come to mind when we say entrepreneur?
Courage, stubborness, resilience
How do you celebrate your wins?
An excited phone call to family or a friend – depends on who is willing to listen on that day! I celebrate ALL of my wins no matter how big or small so there are a lot of phone calls!
Best productivity trick?
Not multitasking! Psychologists have found doing several tasks at once can result in lost time and productivity. Also stop doing repetitive tasks: Keep seeing the same question asked in emails? Manually sending invoices every month? There are ways to automate those tasks!
Best business/entrepreneur community/networking group?
Business Business Business – they are a really active Facebook group full of a good mix of entrepreneurs and people who have been in business for a while.
Learn it yourself or outsource?
Learn the basics myself first so I have some idea and then outsource - this way I have some idea of how to performance manage it
Your biggest supporter?
My mum and dad have ALWAYS been my biggest supporters which when you are playing entrepreneurs and start-ups is important to have not just to seek advice from but also to lift you up on the hard days, to remind you what got you here, and to empower you to keep moving forward. It is because of my dad I have a ‘what is the worst that can happen’ attitude and because of them that I give so much to others.
Best way to keep track of new ideas?
I use a Project Management software called ClickUp - it allows me to not only keep track of my ideas but lets me turn them into reality by breaking down the steps that I need to do to get there.
Do you give yourself a day off?
Yes - the weekends that my daughter is at home, those days are for her. If I need to I'll work the night but I try and have at least one totally work free day each week.
Favourite business product?
I am absolutely loving Kajabi at the moment for the delivery and management of my online programs.
Advice for someone starting out in business?
Be really clear on what it is you want to do, on what problems you want to solve. Make sure you have the cashflow or the means to access the cashflow as the first few years are so irregular – get comfortable with your numbers and also the fact that sometimes they are going to look mega scary! Find someone to hold you accountable, work out who you can rely on for support – sometimes your friends and family aren’t the best people to help keep you moving forwards. Find your courage – you will need this!
Hardest moment so far? How did you overcome it?
Making the decision to go from working full time and having ProjectBox as my side gig, to having ProjectBox as my sole income. I work every day on overcoming that! I'm a single mum too so finances for me are something that I have to pay a huge amount of attention to. I know exactly how much money I need to turn over each month (down to the last cent) to make ends meet which has been really good for motivating me to make sales. I know what my runway is, meaning I know what the next six months look like financially - exactly when money will run out or when I will meet my savings goals.
Is there anything else we should know, fun, quirky or interesting facts about you?
I love the smell of coffee but can’t stand the taste, instead a strong hot chocolate is my go-to hot drink, I’m a swag lover, a geek at heart, and shamelessly sing at the top of my lungs while driving. I believe in passionate people, about doing what you love, and about no boxes.