Podcast artwork of Sharon Hadley and Holly Christie with the episode title: your first year in business.

Your first year in business is a real learning curve.

You may find your business really changes shape.

One thing’s for sure and it’s that you won’t come out of your first year as an entrepreneur, the same person who went in.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t start your own business, you absolutely should! But it’s definitely worth listening to the experience of others’ who have been there and done it. You may also like to get a mentor to help you to navigate the ups and downs of your first year.

In this guest episode, Sharon Hadley, a Virtual Assistant shares her highs and lows and experiences of her first year in business. We talk about how to onboard new clients, how to hold your boundaries, what to do if you need to increase your pricing, how to protect your mental health and when’s the right time to feel the fear and do it anyway!

Are you ready to discover the realities of the first year as a small business?

Episode Transcript

I'm Holly Christie, your host. I'm a website designer and small business mentor. I have two website companies, This Demanding Life for businesses who are looking to grow with Flow and an amazing custom build website and Simply Sites for startups looking for a stellar website and website experience.

Really Refreshing

Looking forward to the next episode, I’m hooked already. Really easy to listen to and definitely strikes a chord with me. 


Small Business Growth

I’m so excited to have your podcast alongside me as I grow my business. Looking forward to taking action on your steps and learn from someone who knows what they are talking about. Thanks Holly – you’re a star!


It’s a great podcast Holly, you’ve covered some really useful topics and had fantastic guests. It’s like your topics were written with me in mind…

Natalie Trembecki

Just listened to your first podcast episode and it’s absolutely brilliant! Good work Holly!

Mike Cottam

Feeling inspired

Would definitely recommend this podcast. Aimed at those small business owners, but for someone who has recently started a new role in my company, this definitely motivated me on this cold wet Monday morning to not be afraid of being vulnerable in the workplace and putting myself out there!

Can’t wait for the next episode


Small Business Growth

I love listening to each new episode of Holly’s podcast. It feels like she has read my mind and understands the challenges I find myself up against when running my business. Her advice and insights are fantastic and I’m looking forward to hearing her future episodes. This is a great resource for any small business owner trying to establish a successful business in the online (and/or offline) world.

Fay Wallis

Brilliant first episode!!

The first episode of “Your Business, Your Way” is a refreshing take on the entrepreneurial journey I needed to hear this morning . I felt reassured hearing Holly emphasise a crucial point: you don’t need to know everything to get started. This approach is a game-changer, especially for those new to the business world, breaking down the barriers of perfection and complete readiness that often hold us back.

What I loved about this first episode of the podcast is its blend of practical advice with an undercurrent of motivation. It reassured me that starting with what I know and learning as I go is not just okay, but a smart way to grow. The podcast feels like a supportive friend, nudging you to take those first steps while keeping the mood light and approachable.

For anyone at the crossroads of starting or scaling a business, this podcast could be the push you need. It’s a promising mix of insights, stories, and encouragement. I’m eager for the next episodes and recommend it to anyone looking to embark on a business venture in a way that’s true to them. It’s an exciting start, and I’m genuinely looking forward to where this podcast will take its listeners next.