Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Danielle Holmes, Managing Director of Black Nova Designs Ltd, located in Chippenham, Calne, UK.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Black Nova specialises in providing expert IT solutions for homes, small businesses, and sole traders internationally. Our team aims to create a safe and approachable space for you to use. We can provide various services, from bespoke website design to website hosting and SEO. Since starting in April 2015, our team has expanded, and we now help over 1000 clients with their home & business needs. Black Nova Designs was established to provide businesses and home users with low-cost and reliable IT services. With a fully insured, expert team, no job is too small.

Tell us about yourself

I started working in this industry when I met my partner and now husband, Kyle; we co-own Black Nova together. Daily motivation for me consists of the love for helping others, and I love to see others succeed; therefore, to have the opportunity to support other business owners in their online presence is always something close to my heart. My family and children are also one of my biggest daily motivations.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

We had so many amazing accomplishments over the years; for me personally, some of the biggest highlights were in 2022 when we had our first year of Tradestands at Badminton Horse Trials and Gatcombe Park Festival of British Eventing.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Staying motivated, I am a very self-motivated person. However, there are some days when it just doesn't go right; you need resilience to know even on the bad days, things will get better.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Remember your WHY.
  2. Take time for yourself.
  3. Schedule and automate everything you can.
  4. Don't try and be an expert in everything - do what you do best and outsource the rest.

Where can people find you and your business?


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