CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP

As two friends who set up a business together six years ago, we wanted to celebrate International Day of Friendship today by meeting other friends who have done the same thing, to see how they find working with their BFF and to celebrate some fellow Manchester businesses. Plus, we’ve answered a few questions ourselves that sum up just how great it has been to work together over these past years.

 

Joe Hart and Sharon Latham The Selfie Guide

Joe Hart and Sharon Latham, Company Directors, The Selfie Guide

The Selfie Guide is a revolutionary travel app that works as a guide to some of the most beautiful and epic travel destinations across the globe. Not only does it give users directions to key travel spots, but also shows you wehre to stand, how to hold your phone and how to line it up to the background to take the optimum, safe and clear selfie!

The app allows its users to discover beautiful travel destinations, capture the perfect travel selfie and share it with friends, family and the world of social media. It’s a free download from both Android and iOS platforms.

Joe

What’s the best thing about working with a friend?

The best thing about setting up a business with a friend is that I trust Sharon implicitly, and I know she will put as much effort into our business as I will.

What are Sharon’s best qualities, either in a friendship or business context?
As a friend Sharon’s best qualities are that she’s honest, kind and great fun. Her best business qualities are her work ethic, her creative talent and her passion for The Selfie Guide.

As friends, how do you overcome any obstacles when it comes to running the business together?

So far we haven’t had any major issues, we keep in touch all the time so communication is vital, as are our quarterly meetings.

What would your advice be for people who are thinking about setting up a business with a friend?

I would advise people only to go in business with your friend if you know them 100 percent. I’ve known Sharon for just over 11 years and as mentioned previously I trust her and know we are both working together for the same aim.

Describe having a business with a friend in three words:

Educational, interesting, exciting

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Sharon

What’s the best thing about working with a friend?

I get to spend a huge amount of time with one of the best people I know. I also love how passionate and ambitious Joe is with our business. 

What are Joe’s best qualities, either in a friendship or business context?

Joe is an incredibly focused, empathetic and professional person and in business this is brilliant because I sometimes can be a little over zealous and impulsive. Joe is definitely a ying to my yang. His humour and kindness are some of his best personal features as one of my closest friends.

As friends, how do you overcome any obstacles when it comes to running the business together?

One of the key things in any business is communication, Joe and I communicate and keep on top of business matters regularly.

What would your advice be for people who are thinking about setting up a business with a friend?

I would always recommend that anyone looking to set up business with a friend makes sure that they are both passionate and both 100 percent committed and believe in whatever business they want run together – the balance should always be the same.

Describe having a business with a friend in three words:

Exhausting, fun, stimulating

 

Follow The Selfie Guide:

Facebook: The Selfie Guide

Twitter: @theselfieguide

Instagram: @theselfieguideto

www.selfieguide.co.uk

 

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Katie Cooke, Operations Director & Co-Founder, and Kevin Foster-Wiltshire, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Powah

Powah is a full-service digital management company, building online businesses and brands for celebrities, influencers and sports personalities.

What’s the best thing about working with a friend?

Both: The best things for us are that we can always be completely honest with each other and neither of us will ever take offence. If one of us has a terrible idea, the other can be blunt and to the point about it and then we just move on with zero drama. We both have each other’s back too and know that we can 100% rely on each other no matter what.

What are your friend’s best qualities, either in a friendship or business context?

Katie: As a friend and in business I know, that in any circumstance, Kevin would always have my back. He is extremely reliable and honest and I know that I can 100% trust him with anything. He always pushes me out of my comfort zone and is awesome at thinking big and taking risks (by nature I’m often more cautious) and we balance each other out really well. Kevin has fantastic ideas and is extremely creative, with a great eye for design. Both as a friend and business partner he is never afraid to tell it like it is and that is a quality I truly admire. He really is the brother I never had.

Kevin: I can always rely on Katie to be there as a friend and deliver in business. She is honest, and although she is super-nice, always gives her true opinion (it’s not good to surround yourself with ‘yes’ people). Katie definitely makes me a better person, she is like the angel on my shoulder. I feel that everywhere I am weak, she is strong and is the most organised person I’ve ever met and is extremely professional. Together we talk things through, and we always figure it out. She is my Sister from another Mister!

As friends, how do you overcome any obstacles when it comes to running the business together?

Both: We always listen to each other and respect each other’s opinion. If one of us doesn’t feel a decision is right then we talk it through and we make all of our decisions together, communicating absolutely everything with each other.

Powah Manchester

What would your advice be for people who are thinking about setting up a business with a friend? 

Katie: If it’s going to work you have to be real friends, not superficial friends. You have to have the type of friendship where you can be brutally honest with each other. If you’re thinking about going into to business with someone you simply get along well with, chances are it won’t work. You need to have the level of friendship where you can be frank with one another and no one takes offence, you definitely need to have the same goals and a solid sense of humour.

Kevin: For me, that answer needs to include respect. My advice to anyone would be, you need to respect each other. If one is dominant over the other, then there is no true ‘partnership’. I respect Katie, and I listen to her opinion, I take it on board, and if she is right and I am wrong, then I admit it, and I feel that is vice versa, because we respect each other.

Describe having a business with a friend in three words:

Motivational, solidarity, camaraderie

 

Follow Powah:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/powahmerch

Twitter: @WePowahYou

Instagram: @WePowahYou

www.powah.com

Jazmin Farrell-Cabrera and Ellen Kelly, Avant PR, Manchester, fashion PR

Jazmin Farrell-Cabrera and Ellen Kelly, Directors and Co-Founders, Avant PR

Avant PR is a fashion, beauty and entertainment PR agency, working across traditional press placements, influencer and celebrity seeding, events, social media and much more.

Jazmin

What’s the best thing about working with a friend?

It’s never lonely owning a business with your friend – it’s great having that camaraderie so that when something goes wrong, we each have somebody else to vent to, and when something goes right we have someone to celebrate with. We’re going through the same things and therefore have somebody readymade to discuss things with, who knows exactly what’s going on. I imagine it could be very lonely trying to do it solo.

What are Ellen’s best qualities, either in a friendship or business context?

Ellen is the most organised person I have ever met – she won’t miss a key date, an activity, a must-do, anything. I thought I was organised but she’s far and above where I am – plus she has world’s best memory, which is a great help for somebody who has a terrible one!

As friends, how do you overcome any obstacles when it comes to running the business together?

We tend to just discuss them – we want the same things for the business so sitting down and talking through things together is always really helpful, it allows us to explore all possible routes and decide which is the best one to take.

What would your advice be for people who are thinking about setting up a business with a friend?

Don’t go in to it lightly and make sure your friendship is strong enough. We have been absolutely fine but running a business can be quite stressful and you’re working in close proximity a lot, so ensuring it’s someone you’re comfortable with and trust is crucial. 

Describe having a business with a friend in three words:

Exciting, bonding and rewarding

Jazmin Farrell-Cabrera and Ellen Kelly, Avant PR, Manchester

Ellen 

What’s the best thing about working with a friend?

It’s easy and comfortable to bounce ideas off each other because we trust each other and ultimately know we both have the same vision for the business. Plus, a day in the office is always fun when you work with your friend!

What are Ellen’s best qualities, either in a friendship or business context?

Jazmin is really reliable, in both work and friendship contexts – I know she’ll have my back in any scenario!

As friends, how do you overcome any obstacles when it comes to running the business together?

We tend to step away from the office to get a fresh perspective, and talk out any obstacles. We often have different perspectives on things which helps when it comes to looking at any issues objectively and working through them.

What would your advice be for people who are thinking about setting up a business with a friend?

Make sure it’s somebody you can trust, and who you can always be honest with. Having different or complementary skillsets to each other is useful too.

Describe having a business with a friend in three words:

Supportive, funny (there are moments you’ve got to laugh at!) and non-stop.

 

Follow us:

Facebook: Avant PR

Twitter: @Avant_PR

Instagram: @Avant_PR

 

Happy International Day of Friendship!

 

– Jazmin Farrell-Cabrera and Ellen Kelly, Directors and Co-Founders

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