Bonnie Li, Founder of Events Artisan

Tell us about your business:

Events Artisan is a wedding and event-planning specialist based in Hong Kong, with years of experience in Hong Kong and also for destination weddings in Asia. We love to add personal touches, constantly look for inspirations all around the world, take care of every detail and make weddings and events truly enjoyable and heartwarming.

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

I was employed as the lead planner at the top luxury wedding planning company in Hong Kong, and after years of planning large scale weddings, I decided to start up my own company, focusing on small to medium sized weddings and events, using my expertise and experience to create intimate celebrations.

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

Stay focus. There will be different voices telling you what and how to do - when filtering such information, don't forget to stay focus on why you have decided to start up your own business, and what do you want to achieve from it.

What was the most difficult part of starting your business?

To accept that only an entrepreneur can truly understand another entrepreneur. As such, some of your loved ones might not be able to understand your feelings and journey.

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

If you are persistent, you will get it.

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

Vacations and free time. Most of the time is spent designing the business and then reaching out to potential clients.

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

1. Are you willing to learn not to worry about what other people think? 2. Finance - Starting up your own business often mean you need a new phone, computer, clothes and probably medical insurance that used to be covered by your employer. 3. Self-discipline - Being self-employed can mean being on holiday 24/7 or working 24/7. Self-discipline makes the difference.