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Life & Work with Nicole Anderson – Matthews

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Anderson – Matthews.

Hi Nicole, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Runaway Indie is really just a culmination of my styling, events, and design background. Truthfully the bulk of this business was created while I was pregnant, a little unorthodox I know, but I was determined to live out this dream and be both a business owner and a Mama. I was actually eight months pregnant stripping, sanding, and painting our Runaway Tipsy Bar Trailer and I couldn’t be prouder of that little mobile bar and the passion that went into the rebuild. I think that’s what makes us special, Runaway Indie is passion and hands on love, every event, wedding, and soiree is just as important to me as my very first project.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
We started the bulk of this business right before March of 2020, so just a bit before the pandemic was widespread. We’ve truthfully been so lucky to have the year we’ve had. Not only have our clients keep us busy with small soirées and dinner parties but they’ve shared our company. It’s incredible because we’ve grown and expanded every week since March, bringing on new clients consistently!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Runaway Indie Co. has become something I only ever dreamed of, we’re no longer just mobile bars. We’re now styling and planning large scale events for clients and companies. This past year we’ve styled corporate dinners, beach elopements, and three weddings that were featured on Green Wedding Shoes, a well-known wedding editorial blog. We also recently worked alongside Serena & Lily for a two days event at their showroom grand opening in Del Mar. It was surreal to style our Runaway Tipsy Trailer for such a large event alongside such a prestigious company. We’re known for our meticulous details, the personalized elements that set each event apart from the other. Being able to say that we have survived and thrived this past year is what I’m most proud of. I think our ability to adapt to the changing world this past year had set us apart from other companies. We’ve always been a mobile bar company but our styling and event planning addition has allowed us to transform a space for a client top to bottom. We now can style, decorate, and provide a killer bar, and we’ve become the whole package and clients enjoy the convenience of having just one company who can do it all!

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I think taking risks in your business is not only inevitable but it’s imperative. First off starting a business is a huge risk, you have no guarantee of the outcome. As a business owner, you make decisions and hope for the best, taking risks allows you the chance for bigger, better, and brighter opportunities, it allows change and change can be the scariest risk of all but oftentimes leads to greater advantages. This next year alone we’re adding two more mobile bars into our fleet, one will perhaps be our largest adventure to date, a stand alone 10ft full-service coffee and bar trailer. It’s certainly a risk spending the time and energy on creating something of this caliber, especially in a world where large events are at an all time low. The hope is that we’ll be ready when wedding season kicks off this summer, people will safely start to celebrate again, see one another again, and we’ll be ready to entertain when they are!

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