1980s to 1990s – Playing around
For as long as I can remember, drawing, colouring and or painting was what always made me the happiest. I played with LEGO® a lot and I think everything contributed to my attraction to the world of art and design and eye for detail. I like the “big picture” of any great or good idea and I also like breaking things down to really understand it.
2000s – I discover graphic design software
In 2002 I accidentally stumbled across Corel Draw® and messed around with the software designing basic things and that became my first introduction to using actual graphic design software. One year later I saw a friend of mine using Adobe Photoshop® and I thought it was the coolest thing ever! Designing using layers to ultimately create a visual composite! Genius!
2010 – I start my own company
Ten years later I started my small design company with the goal of changing the world through design and living out my dreams. The biggest challenge was keeping the momentum while working in a full-time job and trying to ensure you manage to find a way to balance it all. Believe in yourself and people will believe in you. With that I got friends who became clients and clients who became friends. I’ve met a lot of people and it feels great when they validate your work with their excitement, satisfaction and gratitude.
2012 – Celebrating my company’s 2nd anniversary
I stuck with my four page business plan and it’s kept me on track when I was losing focus. I started logo designs and I think I’ve gotten much better at it. Always wanted to make my own t-shirt collection and I did that this year as well. All in all, I think I’ve achieved a lot.
I’ve learned a lot about starting and growing a small business and some of the most important lessons have been:
- Dream BIG!
- Believe in your ideas
- Be fearless and take the dive!
- Fail fast and fail cheap. Learn quickly!
- Network as much as you can
- Find mentors who will guide you
- Surround yourself with positive and productive people
- Ask for help if you need it
- Read! A LOT!
- Allow God to inspire you
- Work for free sometimes if it’s a noteworthy cause in your eyes
- Give advice for free all the time, unless you’re otherwise hired
- Constantly reinvest into your business
Well… I’ll keep you posted.