13 Small Business Lessons You Can Learn From

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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:

  1. Dream BIG!
  2. Believe in your ideas
  3. Be fearless and take the dive!
  4. Fail fast and fail cheap. Learn quickly!
  5. Network as much as you can
  6. Find mentors who will guide you
  7. Surround yourself with positive and productive people
  8. Ask for help if you need it
  9. Read! A LOT!
  10. Allow God to inspire you
  11. Work for free sometimes if it’s a noteworthy cause in your eyes
  12. Give advice for free all the time, unless you’re otherwise hired
  13. Constantly reinvest into your business

2014?

Well… I’ll keep you posted.

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