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10 things I learned while launching my business (during a global pandemic?!)

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For the past few years, I have spent countless hours listening to business podcasts and joining bootcamps and seminars on running my own graphic design business. Even while I was still in college, I dreaded the normal ladder climbing of graphic designers in the corporate world. I knew that I wanted to be a digital nomad and that was what made me choose graphic design as my career! 

Fast forward to January 2020, I had hit a mental and physical wall as a 9-5 designer in a print shop with high turnover, low pay and zero room for personal development. There were a few weeks around this time when I rarely showered, I drank 4-5 coffees per day to keep up the momentum and I kept a smile on my face and powered through. That was, until the hour long commute filled with tears and/or rage became worse and worse. So I quit recklessly, and drove to the nearest coffee shop and decided that I needed to become my own boss so that I could set my boundaries and work with businesses that truly aligned with my values. I grabbed a notebook and made a plan. A crazy plan that included traveling the world, working out for more than an hour per day, serving whiskey at my favorite distillery twice a week, and paying off my student loan debt. I thought this would all fall into place quickly!

Well… since it didn’t…. 

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For the past few years, I have spent countless hours listening to business podcasts and joining bootcamps and seminars on running my own graphic design business. Even while I was still in college, I dreaded the normal ladder climbing of graphic designers in the corporate world. I knew that I wanted to be a digital nomad and that was what made me choose graphic design as my career! 

Fast forward to January 2020, I had hit a mental and physical wall as a 9-5 designer in a print shop with high turnover, low pay and zero room for personal development. There were a few weeks around this time when I rarely showered, I drank 4-5 coffees per day to keep up the momentum and I kept a smile on my face and powered through. That was, until the hour long commute filled with tears and/or rage became worse and worse. So I quit recklessly, and drove to the nearest coffee shop and decided that I needed to become my own boss so that I could set my boundaries and work with businesses that truly aligned with my values. I grabbed a notebook and made a plan. A crazy plan that included traveling the world, working out for more than an hour per day, serving whiskey at my favorite distillery twice a week, and paying off my student loan debt. I thought this would all fall into place quickly!

Well… since it didn’t…. 

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Here are 10 personal struggles lessons that I have learned in the past 8 months about launching my business as a graphic designer/web designer and hopefully they will be relatable af for all entrepreneurs, especially during this year’s new business climate. So throw on your late night lofi playlist, and force yourself to finish one last to-do list item with me. 

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Here are 10 personal struggles lessons that I have learned in the past 8 months about launching my business as a graphic designer/web designer and hopefully they will be relatable af for all entrepreneurs, especially during this year’s new business climate. So throw on your late night lofi playlist, and force yourself to finish one last to-do list item with me. 

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1. Networking Events & Networking Groups – the same day I quit my 9-5 I joined every single networking group in Colorado. I reached out to all of them, I made plans to go to my free first visit with each one and quickly filled up my calendar with 2-5 per day. I’ll be honest, these are NOT my jam. I love meeting new people and connecting with like-minded, power hungry individualsIt is a confidence boost to be welcomed into a group where nobody knows how to do what you do. I should not have wasted my time doing this though, seriously, I did not gain a single client from the 200 business cards I now have stashed in a box in my desk drawer. It made me feel unprepared and overwhelmed. I felt like I was wasting my time because none of the business owners present were my ideal client. I continued this trend clear until Mid-March when the shutdowns began, and the meetings were cancelled. Is it bad that I’m thankful for the meetings to go digital so that I could slowly ghost all the email invites being thrown my way? Networking groups are great, but they are a lot like speed dating. It’s okay to not enjoy them or want to be involved with them.

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1. Networking Events & Networking Groups – the same day I quit my 9-5 I joined every single networking group in Colorado. I reached out to all of them, I made plans to go to my free first visit with each one and quickly filled up my calendar with 2-5 per day. I’ll be honest, these are NOT my jam. I love meeting new people and connecting with like-minded, power hungry individualsIt is a confidence boost to be welcomed into a group where nobody knows how to do what you do. I should not have wasted my time doing this though, seriously, I did not gain a single client from the 200 business cards I now have stashed in a box in my desk drawer. It made me feel unprepared and overwhelmed. I felt like I was wasting my time because none of the business owners present were my ideal client. I continued this trend clear until Mid-March when the shutdowns began, and the meetings were cancelled. Is it bad that I’m thankful for the meetings to go digital so that I could slowly ghost all the email invites being thrown my way? Networking groups are great, but they are a lot like speed dating. It’s okay to not enjoy them or want to be involved with them.

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2. Social Media Overload – Along the same lines as joining and attending countless meetings, I also immediately tried to post an Instagram post every day at exactly 10am. I’d rush to post a picture with no caption, no true understanding of hashtags, and no message to help me market my business. I was attempting to gain followers, and FAST. Here’s the thing, nobody will really notice or care if you don’t post on Instagram/Facebook/LinkedIn for a few days. It’s been a full month since I have posted, because I want my next posts to have meaning and showcase my talents. It’s completely okay to not be “ON” from the moment you launch your business. Take it easy, plan out your posts in advance if you can, and make them GOOD. Even if it’s just a picture of your dinner.

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2. Social Media Overload – Along the same lines as joining and attending countless meetings, I also immediately tried to post an Instagram post every day at exactly 10am. I’d rush to post a picture with no caption, no true understanding of hashtags, and no message to help me market my business. I was attempting to gain followers, and FAST. Here’s the thing, nobody will really notice or care if you don’t post on Instagram/Facebook/LinkedIn for a few days. It’s been a full month since I have posted, because I want my next posts to have meaning and showcase my talents. It’s completely okay to not be “ON” from the moment you launch your business. Take it easy, plan out your posts in advance if you can, and make them GOOD. Even if it’s just a picture of your dinner.

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3. Self Care & Dealing with negativity (especially online!) – All of those groups and followers I gained, came with a lot of issues. When the lockdown became the new norm, it was extremely easy to spend 4-6 hours diving into a comment thread black hole about current events. April-June is an absolute blur for me, but I know that I wasted way too much time trying to articulate my values to a crowded room. It’s not worth it, exit the app. Now I tell myself that if you see someone ask a question, you’re not the only one who can answer it for them. Resist the urge, find your motivation for the rest of your day soar! Also, when successful people say that they spend the first hour of their day tech-free and doing something physically good for themselves – I think that contributes greatly to their success!

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3. Self Care & Dealing with negativity (especially online!) – All of those groups and followers I gained, came with a lot of issues. When the lockdown became the new norm, it was extremely easy to spend 4-6 hours diving into a comment thread black hole about current events. April-June is an absolute blur for me, but I know that I wasted way too much time trying to articulate my values to a crowded room. It’s not worth it, exit the app. Now I tell myself that if you see someone ask a question, you’re not the only one who can answer it for them. Resist the urge, find your motivation for the rest of your day soar! Also, when successful people say that they spend the first hour of their day tech-free and doing something physically good for themselves – I think that contributes greatly to their success!

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4. Impostor Syndrome is alive, well and thriving.

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4. Impostor Syndrome is alive, well and thriving.

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4. Impostor Syndrome is alive, well and thriving.

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5. Boundaries! Don’t put yourself through the same hellish conditions that made you want to run your own business in the first place. Go for a mid afternoon walk, you’re your own boss now. Nothing is so urgent that it can’t wait for you to clear your mind. Go easy on yourself, absolutely nobody has any idea what they’re doing right now.

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5. Boundaries! Don’t put yourself through the same hellish conditions that made you want to run your own business in the first place. Go for a mid afternoon walk, you’re your own boss now. Nothing is so urgent that it can’t wait for you to clear your mind. Go easy on yourself, absolutely nobody has any idea what they’re doing right now.

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6. My to-do list multiplies while I sleep. I’m sure yours does too! I think I had one planner in January and now I have a notebook and favorite pen for every hour of the day.

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6. My to-do list multiplies while I sleep. I’m sure yours does too! I think I had one planner in January and now I have a notebook and favorite pen for every hour of the day.

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7. You don’t need to buy every single course that catches your eye. Maybe disconnecting the paypal and autofill card information is a good idea for me. I think I have 50+ mini courses on everything from, “legal advice for entrepreneurs,” to a fill in the blank content calendar. I finally watched one I had saved this week from November of 2018. They’re great resources when you’re unsure of a new project! But yikes. Who else has done this to themselves in 2020?

8. Even if you’re unsure of the future, yourself, and your business – the world will continue on. Don’t rely on crutches too heavily. It’ll only disappoint you down the road when you think of how much you could’ve accomplished if you only focused for 5-10min per day instead of procrastinating. Look, it took me 8 months to write my first blog – I get it!

9. Someone will always charge less than you. Do not worry about them. Do not get emotional when you see a potential client go for someone cheaper. Especially as a graphic designer, this is a constant! Focus on yourself and attract customers and clients that really want to work with you!

10. Community over competition! Make friends with other entrepreneurs in your business! Support one another! Some of the designers I have met over the past 8 months have become loyal friends, collaborators and brought me new business. I couldn’t have made it this far into my business without them!

 

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7. You don’t need to buy every single course that catches your eye. Maybe disconnecting the paypal and autofill card information is a good idea for me. I think I have 50+ mini courses on everything from, “legal advice for entrepreneurs,” to a fill in the blank content calendar. I finally watched one I had saved this week from November of 2018. They’re great resources when you’re unsure of a new project! But yikes. Who else has done this to themselves in 2020?

8. Even if you’re unsure of the future, yourself, and your business – the world will continue on. Don’t rely on crutches too heavily. It’ll only disappoint you down the road when you think of how much you could’ve accomplished if you only focused for 5-10min per day instead of procrastinating. Look, it took me 8 months to write my first blog – I get it!

9. Someone will always charge less than you. Do not worry about them. Do not get emotional when you see a potential client go for someone cheaper. Especially as a graphic designer, this is a constant! Focus on yourself and attract customers and clients that really want to work with you!

10. Community over competition! Make friends with other entrepreneurs in your business! Support one another! Some of the designers I have met over the past 8 months have become loyal friends, collaborators and brought me new business. I couldn’t have made it this far into my business without them!

 

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