For this month's Trailblazer we are SO excited to feature Annie Heyward, Owner and Head Stylist of Annie Heyward Styling. We have known Annie for many years and she has always been one of our favorite collaborators. We always feel so inspired when working with Annie. She has such an incredible talent to put together fun, fresh looks at the drop of a hat while making her customers look and feel fabulous. Learn more about Annie below and if you are in need of a new wardrobe, styling for an event or help on your big day, she's your gal!
Something you wish someone had told you about starting a company?
Hire a good accountant. I was a fashion merchandising major and had extensive experience in retail, merchandising and styling when I started my business; however, my financial and business acumen wasn't well-developed. I didn't understand like the nuances of running a business - things like bookkeeping, accounting, keeping track of receipts, and the entire tax system! I think it's essential to seek out financial mentors and business mentors to keep the business side- organized. Get a great CPA for those write-offs!
What advice would you give to a woman who is considering starting her own business?
What's the best career advice you've ever received?
What do you love about running around Business?
Who inspires you as a businesswoman?
How do you stay motivated through difficult times?
What's been the most rewarding?
Who were you before you started your business?
To be completely honest, I felt a little bit directionless before I started my business. I knew what I was good at it, I knew what motivated me and set my soul on fire (so to speak), but I wasn't sure how to make my dreams and business materialize. So without knowing what I was doing, I took a chance and took some business classes. I made the leap and the investment for the start-up costs, and here I am nine years later with clients all over the country!
If you weren't running a business what would you be doing?
If I wasn't running my own business I would love to be....hmmm. Running another business? Opening a boutique or being an interior designer.
Where do you see your business in five years?
I see myself working with clients all over the world and working for and with prominent fashion publications and editorials. I'm fortunate to have clients all over the country, but I would like to continue to diversify my client portfolio. The next step for me is to monetize off of Instagram and through affiliate programs. As a fashion and style blogger, the goal will be to generate some passive income as well as actively working with clients.
What is your favorite quote?
JRR Tolkien: "little by little one travels far." The second is "be who you are and say what you feel and those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss
The best lesson I've ever learned?
Pay the IRS before you pay yourself!
Best thing I've ever done
This might sound intense, but I grew up in a hyper-religious community that was borderline cultish. I left the church when I was 23, and that was the best decision I've ever made. I have been living authentically and pursuing my dreams and passions ever since. It was a very oppressive environment and it was very difficult leaving that community, but it was the best scission I've ever made. I haven't looked back!
My greatest fear
My greatest fear is my mom dying. I am best friends with her, and she's my greatest cheerleader and support system. She stands behind me unconditionally loving me with no judgment, just as I am. My mom is my best friend, and without a doubt I fear losing her more than anything else in the world.
My top three guilty pleasures
C A R B S x 3 (a.k.a. Ice cream, pizza and pasta)