Marie Pottiez, Founder of Miles of Happiness

Tell us about your business:

I am a Creative Freelance. To sum up, I spend my time creating, looking for new ideas, inspiration, etc. From copywriting to graphic design & illustration, I've been living from my passion for some time now.  

After years traveling & designing, I found myself with tons of boxes filled with souvenirs and creations. It’s time to share all that! Blogging appeared as the perfect medium to express myself, meet great people and share my two passions in life: art + travel. As such, Miles of Happiness is a travel & lifestyle webzine, livened with my illustrations.

When you first decided to start your own business, how did you define what your business would be?

Miles of Happiness came up naturally to me - it's a complement of my freelance work. I wanted to create a platform where I could share my experiences with other travelers and travel sketchers. More than a simple blog, it became a showcase of my design work. It never stops evolving: next months, I will open my e-shop with illustrated postcards, notebooks, and much more!

What was the best piece of business advice you were given when you were starting off?

Don't wait to think big. Be ambitious!

What was the most difficult part of starting your business?

To stay focus. When we start a business, we want a lot of things, we have a precise idea in mind of how it's going to be, but we need to go step by step, in order to not get lost. There are so many things, so many projects I want to do, and I need to keep focus on a strict timeline to be organized... And to avoid the 80h work/week! 

Can you name the biggest lesson you’ve learned in running a business?

There is a big community of entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, and also a great travel bloggers community online. I've discovered how helpful it is to share ideas, projects, to ask for feedbacks, to work as a team to progress faster and better.

What has been the biggest sacrifice you’ve made in starting your business?

Honestly, none. I don't feel like I've sacrificed anything. I left my full time job in France years ago to start working as a Freelancer, and I've never felt that free. I realize my dream projects, live from my passion, and meet great people everyday. My business takes a lot of time to run, but I love it! I don't consider like a duty, much more like a passion.

In your opinion, what are the top three things someone should consider before starting their own business?

1. Be passionate! Do what you love... etc. 2. Set up a timeline, a weekly goal, and go! 3. Don't stay alone. Meet other entrepreneurs from your field! Share your ideas. And enjoy!