Top Business Tips from Lois at Fresh Flow

Lois Franks

Last year we featured Lois Franks on our website; Cardiff University graduate Lois started her own company Fresh Flow Business Solutions after taking part in a GO Wales Work Placement. We caught up with Lois before her charity trip to Rwanda to find out how the business is progressing and if she had any top tips for graduates in her position;

Fresh Flow has gone from strength to strength and we now have a team of full-time employees. We’ve also got an office in Rhondda Cynon Taff that we’ve kitted out and decorated to our colour scheme, so I’m happy!

We have a really wide variety of clients, from training providers, IT companies and accountancy firms, to cleaning companies, graphic designers and office massage companies! Pretty random really but our heart is the same with each; to partner with them in growing and developing their businesses, securing them long-term contracts with lucrative clients!

My Advice 

Don’t let your business consume you! Make sure you have time to enjoy life and hang out with friends and family. It’s easy to feel like you can always be doing something else for your business, which is probably true! However you’ll be most effective when you’re loving life and getting time to do the things you enjoy, feeling energised and positive…Much better than feeling restricted and imprisoned by your business!

Break down stereotypes and preconceptions! Being a girl in my twenties, it can sometimes feel like people don’t necessarily take me seriously or perhaps judge me before I even open my mouth! I’m sure a lot of people feel judged in business and have to break through barriers before they even begin to do their jobs. It can be frustrating but the best thing to do is just to take every opportunity to prove them wrong and show them why you’re doing what you’re doing…And why you’re the best at it!

Invest in people! In many ways your business is only as good as the weakest link. Invest in your staff! Train them up, encourage them, push them on to reach their full potential! Inspire them to be genuinely passionate about the company and allow them to excel for you.

Do you have any business start-up tips to add to Lois’s blog post? Share your comments!