How I Got Started as an Entrepreneur and Squarespace Designer
The last year has been a whirlwind of excitement and overcoming challenges. Since pouring myself into the Busy Bee full time almost a year ago, I find it fitting to reflect on how I got started!
If you didn’t already know, I'm a graphic designer and product creator by trade! But it didn’t start in college—my journey started wayyyyyyy back at the age of 12. I learned how to knit in middle school because I knew I wanted to create and connect with people. Then, when the decision to pick a direction in college came along, I knew that I wanted to have a different day every day, and graphic design called my name.
Little did I know, that was just the beginning!
After college, I worked for an eCommerce company that gave me the experience to start learning code (mostly so I could communicate with the developers so my designs would be placed correctly!) and I fell in love with the idea of a language that created art online. Back then, I was practicing my skills outside of my 9-5 by creating stationery and selling them on Etsy. That was when the business part of my brain really started to spin—turns out when you just put products on Etsy, they don’t necessarily sell.
This was when I decided that no matter what I do, I need to love it. So I wracked my brain for a few months as I continued to make cards and knit products for friends and family with the occasional sale. From there, I learned that the thing that warms my heart the most is moms and babies.
This was around 2016, and I started to work with local bloggers and photographers to get my products out there. I slowly shifted from paper goods and knitting into graphic prints and apparel for families, which has been a lot of fun!
But, remember when I learned code on the job?
It always stuck with me to play around with this language and I started to pick up freelance jobs, helping design websites alongside developers. That is until I took a stab at trying it myself with Squarespace. Everything picked up from there.
I quickly learned that people want control of their own sites but don’t know where to start. They understand branding is important to their business but don’t have the background to do it themselves. My ability to see their frustrations, fix them and set them up to succeed after I was finished with their sites became my new passion. I’m still a graphic designer, but I’ve just taken it a step further to benefit the people I’ve always wanted to connect with.
In March 2017, I took the leap from my full-time job after I started to figure out I was essentially working 2 full-time jobs (I’d get up, answer emails and do any quick projects I had, go to my 9-5 and come home to work on websites until 11PM everyday). The first few months were absolutely terrifying but it lit a fire under my rear to continue to reach out to and ask for referrals so I can do this as long as life lets me.
So, what’s next?
Oh, you — thanks for asking! I briefly talked about it in this blog post, but mostly I’m letting my course lay out the way it’s supposed to. I’m learning to be a businesswoman and I’m continually growing. I’ve made some changes, I’m starting to hoard a group of freelancers to refer to (I love helping others get work, just as others have helped me! I think it’s called “pay it forward” 🤗