Wee Bit Social

Tell me a bit about yourself and your business?

I started my business in 2016 after completing the Digital Mums strategic social media marketing course. I try to work part-time, but it often spills over.

How did you come up with the name for your business?

I thought about it for so long! I wanted social in the name, but because I am based in Scotland and would hopefully be working with primarily Scottish business owners, I wanted a wee Scottish flavour to it; I love the name of my business.

What inspired you to start your own business? How do you motivate yourself to keep going when things are difficult?? 

Since moving to Scotland, I had worked in so many different roles and never found anything that felt like me or played to my strengths! So when I saw the Digital Mums course, I thought this is absolutely me; I spent so much time on social media during the downtimes of my admin jobs it seemed like a no brainer. I also wanted work that could fit around school hours for my dude who was about to start school, and after a year of applying for different positions with no luck, I knew I needed to do something big.

What is your workday like?

I usually start super early because I’m actually more of a morning person! So I begin at 7:30, which does seem early, but I’m up so early anyway to get the dude to school. I usually finish around 1- 1:30 for my current client and then try to hop on for an hour later on. I try to take Friday mornings to catch up on my own work stuff and take the afternoon off, but we all know it doesn’t often end up like that!

What part of your work do you struggle with or hate doing, and what would you rather be doing?

I hate all the budgeting side of the business, and to be honest, I’m not that great at it. I really need to cut down on apps! I also never have enough time to write a blog, and my newsletter gets shoved to the bottom of the list, but they aren’t things I want to outsource as I feel it is my voice that people will read.

What are your favourite business resources, tools or apps to use?

Quite boringly, I still love Buffer, but I keep meaning to try out Contentcal because I’ve heard great things! I also love Braintoss to record ideas and reminders when I’m out, which get sent directly to my inbox for later, and of course, Canva is such a go-to in this industry.

Marti founder of Wee Bit Social sitting working at a desk on her laptop with her mug beside her.

What has been your best business purchase?

Outsourcing my website was absolutely the best money I’ve spent not having to deal with at all – it’s not my strong point. And I’m a huge advocate for getting brand photos done; it’s brilliant to have them there ready and waiting and to be able to have images packed full of your own personality and brand rather than using boring stock images.

If someone came to you for advice about starting their own business, what would you tell them?

You will never have the money, and you will never have the time; there’s always going to be something stopping you. It’s like having a baby – you are never going to be ready! So pull a Nike and Just Do IT!

Have you ever outsourced parts of your business, and if so, did you have any concerns about doing it?

I outsourced my website revamp, and it was honestly the best money I’ve ever spent.

If you have used my services, how has the service I provided made a difference to your business?

It honestly saved me SO.MUCH. TIME and STRESS! I can take forever creating content, and to just outsource templates to you was such a time saver and such a reasonable price; it was worth every penny.

Who is your Biggest Inspiration?

It’s so cliched, but my mum was always my biggest inspiration; she died when I was 17, but I am the youngest of 7, and she always had a spotless house, food cooked from scratch, the most patience and was always the most glamorous mum at school events!

She trained to be a florist and started her own business doing wedding flowers from home! Everyone loved her, and she was so well known because she was so friendly. I don’t know how she had the time to do everything and always seemed so happy. She never seemed stressed or full of anxiety-like I so often do with only one child!

Share some fun facts about yourself or what you enjoy doing when you aren’t working?

I’m not sure I’m that fun these days! I got accustomed to staying in a lot more over lockdown, and I’m still adjusting to seeing real people! I do bloody love a podcast, though, and I’m always adding to my true crime list. I recently started my own with a friend called Mums, Mysteries and Murder; it’s more of a hobby and something fun we love doing rather than something that will make us a fortune!

Do you have any book recommendations from one you have recently read, or if podcasts are more your thing, share with me which ones you enjoy?

I’m currently reading The Break by Marian Keyes for a bit of light relief; she’s one of my favourite authors. I’m trying to read more, but as far as podcasts go, I love money making women, Think it Get it podcast by Noor Hibbert – though she’s not to everyone’s taste, I really love her enthusiasm and honesty.

Obviously, my own podcasts – Mums Mysteries & Murder and Wee Edinburgh Coffee & Chat – my business podcast have got to get a mention! If you’re into true crime, I also recommend – All Killa No Filla, Redhanded & My Favourite Murder. See, I can’t shut up about podcasts. I love them SO much!

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Thank you, Marti, for taking the time to talk to me; it was brilliant to find out more about you and your business. Are you interested in getting more support optimising your social media platforms? Then, head over to Marti’s website here for more information or take a look at her social links below.

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