Mulberry Design is all about contemporary WordPress web design. Based in Warwickshire, the agency is headed up by founder Sarah Sarkies, and delivers a range of services from WordPress web design, hosting and domain services, to video, photography, print and social media.
At Mulberry Design, the focus is on delivering beautiful, bespoke design for businesses big and small, and Sarah likes to describe it as a ‘micro’ agency. Instead of hiring lots of unnecessary team members, she brings in expertise only on a per project basis, so every client gets only the best and most essential people for their project. It’s a great concept, and we were curious to know more about how Sarah set up the business.
Read her Startup Story here:
Hi Sarah! What’s your business called, and what is it all about?
My business is called Mulberry Design. I started it 6 years ago to bring excellence in contemporary WordPress web design to small business owners. To make the whole process more enjoyable, accessible and affordable.
I love what I do, and I do what I love; delivering beautiful bespoke design for small and big businesses, one man bands, big silver bands, communities and charities.
Tell us about your background before you began the business. What motivated you to change direction?
I worked a stressful job in London, and it was time for a change of direction. I have always worked in IT and am a bit of a nerd!
What has been your proudest moment in business so far?
Every project delivered gives me pride, I can make a huge difference to a small business and I love that.
What’s the biggest lesson you have learned since starting your business?
That you can’t work 24/7, it’s not healthy. Just because you’re freelancing doesn’t mean you need to be available all the time, you have to find a balance.
…you can’t work 24/7, it’s not healthy.”
How do you stay organised? Any tips or tools?
I use online accounting to keep my quotes and invoices in order, and Asana to keep track of my tasks. But I love a daily to do list, paper and pen – can’t beat it!
Would you say you have a healthy work life balance? If yes, what do you do to maintain this, and if no, what would you change?
It varies, I try really hard to keep the balance. I don’t check my emails at weekends or on holiday, but I am always working at maximum, so I need to learn to say no more, and give realistic timescales.
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What do you have planned for your business and what are the next steps towards your goal?
I’ve set up a new venture called Mulberry-box.co.uk, an affordable packaged solution for WordPress which includes domain, hosting, email, website and training. I’m looking to develop that further and promote more.