My graphic design studio specializes in PDF ebook design, social media design, and small business branding. My design shop sells bookmarks, prints, and other lifestyle products. As for my blog, I plan to write about the worlds of business, design, and ecommerce.
What inspired you to start your business?
This March, my mother told me that I had to get a job, whether it was freelance, fast food, or retail. I've always loved graphic design and already planned to study it when I go to college next fall, so I decided to take the plunge and do freelance. In July 2014, I opened my design shop to showcase the designs that I create on the side. And here I am!
What was your family & friends' response to your business venture?
They were all very supportive of me. They always are, no matter what I do.
What motivates you?
My main motivator is the passion that I have for helping other small businesses and creative entrepreneurs achieve their goals through graphic design.
What do you do when you are not working?
When I'm not working, I like to read and write young adult fiction novels, walk around the neighborhood, play with my adorable kitten, Bronx, and learn piano.
Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most? Why?
Hmm, that's a tough one! I look up to so many entrepreneurs/businesses! I'll go with Buffer, because A) their service is amazing; B) their transparency policy is fascinating; and C) they really know what they're doing when it comes to social media.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself still running 13 Elm Streets, only instead of just me working, I would love to have a team of 3-5 behind me, including a web designer/developer or two.
Any tips for an aspiring entrepreneur?
Do not give up. Before 13 Elm Streets, I owned two businesses that didn't work out. Instead of giving up on entrepreneurship, I lasered-in on my talents and created 13 Elm Streets. If I hadn't failed, who knows where I'd be today?
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