Jennifer Lim’s career as an artist was inspired by the realisation life is too short to not do what you love – so she started creating paintings and prints. She even attended her first art exhibition at thirty-eight weeks pregnant. Talk about dedication!.
Heavily inspired by travel and culture, Jennifer tells stories through her artwork. Having gone to art school along with being properly trained in Canberra and Kyoto, Jennifer is an art connoisseur.
Jennifer’s ideal business includes spending more time in the studio and less time on administration. She would like to have more regular opportunities to travel overseas, to enjoy culture and have the opportunity to collaborate with other artists.
Jennifer’s thoughts on running her own business:
“I love seeing how happy people are, or how engaged they become, when they hear the stories connected to my work. I take the experiences around me and translate them into a visual story. A lot of what I do is based off my personal experience, but connects to a broader human experience.”
Jennifer’s ideal client is a person who appreciates culture and sees the value in telling a story through artwork.
What Jennifer Wishes She Knew When She Started
- Get accounting systems properly set up – this is a must-have and once you have systems set up, everything feels more organised.
- Find someone you can talk about your stresses with – specifically, somebody outside of your family and friends. Whether it be a business mentor or a counsellor, it’s beneficial to your wellbeing.
- Join support groups – get to know people who are willing to share experiences with you and support you on your journey.
Jennifer’s Advice for Other Business Owners
- Be selective about what you say “yes” to – have enough judgement to know whether an opportunity will be beneficial for both you and the other party.
- Flex your courage muscle – do something that scares you.
- Think clearly and cautiously – everybody makes the mistake of not thinking things through, but try to think ahead of time and have things in place.
Jennifer’s favourite entrepreneur is Kristina Karlsson, founder of kikki.K. She loves her story about starting a business in a new country and the influence of her Swedish roots on her design range.
A problem that has been solved by being a HerBusiness Network Member for Jennifer: “I love the fact that I can turn to the HerBusiness group for valuable insight and comments on all parts of my business at any time. The website is a wealth of info and I find the podcasts very helpful too.”
This post was authored by Allison Mullin. Allison is completing a journalism internship with HerBusiness. She studies editing, writing, and media at Florida State University in the United States.