Meet Natalie Scanlon who is a HUGE word nerd!Creative Folk, Entrepreneurs | February 26, 2018
It all started with a goal to chat to entrepreneurs over 60. Then out of curiosity we decided to chat to entrepreneurs under 30. We believe these two very vast generations can learn and grow from each other.
This week we head to Melbourne Australia and chat with Natalie Scanlon who is founder of Written Communications, an international writing company.
Can you tell us a little about your business and what you do?
We write documents for businesses and individuals. Predominately, we write content and copywriting.
We are HUGE word nerds. So anything that involves words is our ‘thing’.
What motivated you to start your own business?
I have always had a strong passion for communicating in plain English, which was further ignited when I worked as a negotiator for the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Seeing disputes that could be resolved with a single word was something that occurred more often that you’d think. This is where the motivation kicked in to start a business that helps to eliminate any communication barriers.
What were some of the struggles you faced when you first started?
Trying to figure out how to manage a larger workload once work started getting busy. I didn’t want to over promise on what I could offer, however, I didn’t want to turn away business. It was such a fine line.
I ended up working ridiculous hours, (and if I am completely honest I still have the odd night here and there) where I worked until 2.30am and woke at 5.00am to start again. It was a very, very silly thing to do. But, at the time it was the only way I knew how.
What do you like most about having your own business?
Being able to network and collaborate with people who are not only amazingly talented, but are pure genius! I love learning from different people. It’s brightened every aspect of my life.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Just do it! Just go for it! Don’t be scared.
Who is an older person that you admire and why?
I admire my business mentor, Cam Schwab from Design CEO. He took the time to listen to a young girl who had no idea about business and offer me an opportunity to pursue all of my ideas. He has also done what many have not, and that’s build trust in high-profiled, heavily stressful organisations. I admire everything that he has accomplished, and hope to achieve success just as great.
If you could jump into a time machine what era would you visit and why?
I’d visit the 1960s. I am an over lover, over thinker, over feeler. Anything to do with this, and MUSIC has me hooked.
I’d happily wear flower paint and braids in my hair.
Anything else you would like to add?
Honest feedback and failures are the best way to move forward. Uncomfortable is always a good thing!