Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Yes, You Can: Open Your Own Creative Business

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Over the summer on The PDX Belle, we met a lot of really cool small business owners. Most of them were young women who decided, one day, they wanted to follow their hearts and do something that just really got them going. This is important - we can do things that we love for a living. We can take risks. And we can usually figure it out as we go along.

This is the point of my #GirlBoss series that was started last summer - to introduce you first to an amazing small business, but then to introduce you to the fabulous creator that inspired it all.

Meet Jennifer!
On Tuesday, I highlighted some really cute stuff (a tote and adorable decal) from a shop called Dandymark. Today, I'm highlighting Jennifer, the face behind all the cheeky totes, clever notecards, and unique stickers you'll find online.
Read on for her amazing story!

1. Where would you say your desire to create/express yourself through design comes from?
As a kid that l was always creating art and/or on the computer. My mother is a designer, and I think that my need and love for art/design came from her. My father loves computers and shared that with me too. So when I took a graphic arts class in high school, I realized that I could combine these two things and I never looked back!

2. What or who inspired you to open your own creative business?
I come from a graphic design background, so I have always had a creative job. But one day, I just decided that I wanted to be the one calling the shots in my work life. It’s an amazing feeling to know that my time is all my own. My husband was really supportive of me “cutting the cord” from my old job, and he helped me find the confidence to do it.

3. What has been a major challenge as a small business owner? How have you overcome it?
The biggest challenge for me is that I am a creative and not an accountant. I can draw all day long, but the financial part can be a struggle. However, I have had to learn how to file and handle my sales, taxes, etc, and I’m really glad I took the time to figure it out. When the time comes for me to hand off that responsibility to a professional, at least I won’t be clueless about the process.

4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
I hope to have my Dandymark products in shops all across the country…or the world! I am just getting started in wholesale, and I’m excited by all the potential!

5. If you were to give advice to a young woman interested in following her passion, what would you tell her?

DO IT! Stop waiting around for the perfect moment, because you might not ever find it. Take the jump, you won’t regret it.

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