Continuing our series on supporting female entrepreneurs – Carlie Clark shares a little about running our studio and her busy family life.

Describe a bit about yourself and what you do.

I started with Be Visual Co almost 18 months ago now as Project Manager. I am a mum of 2, Lennox (3.5) and Harlow (1.5) and have just relocated from Sydney to Brissy!  We were looking for some sunshine and space, I love winding down with a wine next to our new pool.

What item can you not survive your day without?

My Coffee Machine – Being a mum and working for yourself, there are late nights – So coffee is essential.

What made you want to become a Project Manager?

It was something I was always good at! I had the knack for building great relationships quickly as well as being super organised. My first role out of university was an in-house Graphic Designer, for a small agency. This meant all hands-on deck. I jumped in and ran the studio, booked travel for the Managing Director and set up for client meetings. This allowed me to see how an agency was run from a logistical perspective – this experience, looking back was invaluable.

What do you enjoy most about working at Be Visual Co?

Ingrid and I found each other through social media or all places. It was September, she was due to have a baby in October and I also happened to be pregnant, due in December. So we worked together and covered each other on mat leave. Since then I have had the privilege of working with great clients, on some beautiful projects. I love finding new ways to help clients and their businesses and making their day a little easier if possible.

Where were you working when you learnt your biggest career lesson and what was it?

I was working for an international brand experience agency– my role at the time was Executive Assistant to the Managing Director. I went on mat leave and intended to return. But things change when you bring a little one into the world. So whilst on mat leave I came up with a grand plan – to freelance and work from home. This was a super scary decision but what I learnt was to trust myself, trust my skills and experience, because you will never know if you don’t give it a crack.

How do you (try to) achieve a work-life balance?

Wearing many hats can be tricky, in one day I am mum, business owner and arts and crafts director 😊 I find the only way to not totally stress yourself out is to pay 100% of your time and energy to whatever it is  you are doing. I find having a detailed schedule helps, I have days where I work and days I spend with the children so there is a nice spread.

What has been your biggest influence (person or experience) career wise to date?

In about 2011, I worked for a boutique market research agency and the woman who ran the show was a vintage wearing, Italy travelling creative women who was passionate about what she did. She taught me to stand out and be different. Don’t just fit into whatever environment or job you hold, just be yourself and people will love you for that.

What advice do you have for a budding Project Manager?

Project Management is all about people and communication. Creating teams, allocating freelancers to the right type of project and building relationships with suppliers. You are the glue that holds the process together. If you see yourself as an organised people person with great communication then PM may be the right space for you!

Carlie’s Top 3 tips on Time Management

  1. Schedule everything – Use your calendar to allocate tasks. Schedule in travel time and even schedule in lunch! This will then give you a really accurate snapshot of your day.
  2. Don’t let distraction get in the way – – If you have a task to finish – turn off your phone, email notifications whatever it takes to get it done.
  3. Delegate – You don’t have to do it all. It is so important to realise when you are too overloaded and to ask for help.

Carlie's Top 3 tips on Time Management

  1. Schedule everything – Use your calendar to allocate tasks. Schedule in travel time and even schedule in lunch. This then gives you a really accurate snapshot of your day.
  2. Don’t let distraction get in the way – – If you have a task to finish – turn off your phone, email notifications whatever it takes to get it done.
  3. Delegate – You don’t have to do it all. It is so important to realise when you are too overloaded and to ask for help.