Meagan Ward is Creatively Flawless Helping Women EntrepreneursBy Yvelette Stines on March 9th, 2016 /
It was that pivotal moment when Meagan Ward, Founder and CEO of Creatively Flawless, knew that it was time for her to make a life changing decision. She was in the process of her yearly review and raise.
“At the time, all was great. I was preparing for raise and stay at my current position. I felt that this was my security net,” she reminisces. When she had the meeting with her boss, she was told that it would take another year for her to get the raise. She left that meeting and made some critical decisions. Two weeks later she had to present and lead the yearly marketing meeting for her company. Before she presented, she put in her notice that she was quitting.
When she made the decision to quit, it was heavy on her heart but there was also some fear. “I was very scared no one around me has ever done anything like this,” she says. The fear was the one thing that helped her. “Fear can do two things, it can help keep you where you are or propel you to go where you want to go. This is where you understand your power in making a choice.”
She started Creatively Flawless, a branding agency for women entrepreneurs and professionals. The company specializes in branding, marketing, advertising, design, and coaching. With both local and national clients, Creatively Flawless shared many wins within the first year of officially launching. This includes design work being shown in Time Square and the September issue of Vogue Magazine just to name a few. With all of these wins, Ward is keeping perspective: “It really shaped the possibilities of my career, looking back I think, wow I did that?”
Along with Creatively Flawless, Ward has an annual conference called The Powerful Woman which started in 2013 here in Michigan. This year The Powerful Women will take place June 25 and 26, 2016 in Dearborn, MI.
“Our beginning was with a small group of about 30 women and we shared and celebrated our stories, accomplishments, and we really bonded. It grew to a rate I never imagined,” she said. “t is now a network of professional women and entrepreneurs. We are willing to bond on sisterhood and all tings womanly.”
Ward prides herself on empowering women entrepreneurs and people in general to find their purpose and share it with the world. She has some tips to share about branding and business.
- Before you quit your job secure yourself for the unknown, we are used to consistency and being told what to do. That all changes, your revenue is based on how hard you work. You are not being told what to do, and you have to have the discipline and motivation for yourself.
- Understand that you have something to give to the world that is purposeful. Our lives are not about ourselves it is about others and the legacy we leave. If you have a business make sure you do the personal development journey of growth and research.
- Take yourself seriously and have everything in order. Create your logo, outline your services, get a website, showcase your work, and create your business plan.
- Don’t be afraid to charge what you are worth. You don’t have to feel bad about it either.
- From a branding perspective, be authentically you. Base your business off your personal narrative, there is something unique about all of us and we should share it.
- Manipulate fear. I have dreams that are big and I get afraid. You always have to ask yourself are you going to leap or are you going to stay content where you are. Life is about taking risks. It is okay to be strategic in taking risks.
To learn more visit creativelyflawless.com and thepowerfulwomen.org.