Let me first say: I love Natalia. I’m so glad I met her on Twitter and in real life at a Creative Connection USA event. I can honestly say she’s a beautiful woman inside and out and completely inspiring! Even though I’m not a blogger, I definitely love perusing her posts and reading all about her life! Needless to say, I’m so glad I personally know her and I’m so honored she asked me to guest blog for her today.
My name is Elise Ostermann and I am currently the Art Director at “Hey, Sweet Pea.” I specialize in branding + design and my boyfriend, Scott, specializes in video + animation. Needless to say, we are quite the creative duo!
But we didn’t always own a small business. Up until one month ago I was a designer for SONY’s digital media marketing department in Los Angeles. I was commuting 2 hours a day and away from home 11-12 hours a day. Although I loved being a part of the Hollywood and LA scene I craved the flexibility of my own schedule, I yearned for more creative projects, and I wanted one-on-one relationships with clients. So after 5 months of planning, dreaming, researching, and networking, I made the leap! I quit my day job, left my LA apartment, and took my first big road trip. Landing in Texas wide-eyed, nervous, and excited, I officially launched “Hey, Sweet Pea.”
I was shocked and happily surprised with the amazing launch we had and the growth of our business! But I would be lying if I didn’t say we’ve experienced quite a few bumps and bruises along the way. Thankfully, those bumps and bruises have been far outweighed by supportive friends, amazing family, talented colleagues, and business/design idols. I’m thankful for these people, for their advice, and for our new business.
With that being said, here are my top ten tips for other creatives launching their own small businesses.
And there you have it! Those are some helpful tips I’ve learned from others and personally experienced. I hope they help you in your own small business journey. Being a small business owner is exciting, freeing, and empowering. Make sure you take the steps necessary to protect those things! For any additional questions or any of your own branding/design needs, you can find me over at “Hey, Sweet Pea.” Stop by, say hi, and LIKE our page! We’d love to meet you!
Margaret Jacobsen Photography (Hey, Sweet Pea)
Brienne Michelle Photography (Top Ten Small Business Tips)