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Ask a Creative Founder - Celebrating National Entrepreneurs Day!



Today being National Entrepreneur’s Day, we had to have just a little bit of fun with this holiday! We asked a few of our Conference Alums what they loved the most about being an entrepreneur.

No matter what you do, every day is different as entrepreneur - you challenge yourself daily, are continuing to improve your skills and learn new things continually, and always, always, looking towards what you think might happen next.

Enjoy these anecdotes from a few entrepreneurs who shared their opinions with us …. at the end of the post, share with us the same answers to the questions we asked them, we would love to hear from you as well!


What did you do before you were an entrepreneur?


I was the marketing adviser for the student media programs at Virginia Tech.
Meredith Collie, Meredith Collie Paper

I was a biomedical engineer! I worked in a clinic with children that had a variety of physical disabilities - most commonly cerebral palsy or spina bifida. I used 3D motion detection to watch them walk. I turned them into 3D animations and compared how each of their joints moved compared to an unimpaired child. I worked with orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists to come up with a treatment plan and do followup eval after treatment. We also worked with elite baseball pitchers, watching their arm motions and helping them tweak their pitch to prevent injury.
Laura Mays, Invited by LamaWorks

I was an elementary school teacher for 1st and 2nd graders! My favorite subjects to teach were art (my students did creative art projects every chance we could!) and writing.
Kristin Wilson, Society for Creative Founders

I was a creative director for a small, wholesale invitation company. I did an assortment of jobs since we were small - press checks for products, creating catalogs, organizing sample decks for sales reps and developing/designing new products.
Kandice Matsler, Barque Gifts


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What is one of the hardest things about being an entrepreneur?

One of the hardest things for a new kid on the block, is trying to hone in on exactly what services and products to offer, while they 100% speak to my vision, my heart and my passion. All too often we can get caught up in the next-best-thing, when we need to stay true to ourselves.
Jacqueline Snoderly, The Secretary Studio

Being a bit more isolated if you do not yet have a team working with you - second guessing slips in!!
Martie Hancock, The British Quill


Juggling all the things that comes with running a business: marketing, accounting, customer service, fulfillment, product development. Accompanying that is just the sheer fact that most of my friends and family do not run their own business. So it can be a lonely place working from home and not always getting to talk to other adults.
Meredith Collie, Meredith Collie Paper

One of the hardest things about being an entrepreneur is that the job never sleeps! When you love your business, your mind is always thinking about it - ways to improve it, ideas to promote it, tasks that need to get done. It's very consuming, which can be exhausting and draining. You have to make a conscious effort let your mind rest and recuperate.
Kandice Matsler, Barque Gifts


What is something that you’ve taught yourself how to do, that you are proud of?

Building a website! I'm not a "techie" person (I'm a paper person!), so learning to build my own wordpress site makes me feel accomplished. Being able to make it look and function the way I wanted it to was a great learning experience. It might not be perfect, but I'm still proud of it.
Kandice Matsler, Barque Gifts

Taking "me" time to refresh and reflect without feeling guilty about spending time to take care of myself.
Tina Ebanks, Studio Two Sixteen

I learned InDesign and how to create graphics that I LOVE. I started out using PicMonkey (this was way before Canva even existed!) . and would recreate every graphic every single time. Now, template sets created with inDesign are my go-to, and are my favorite graphics to create!
Kristin Wilson, Society for Creative Founders


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What is your favorite thing about being an entrepreneur?

Getting to show my kids that being successful in work isn't dependent on a college degree or a corporate ladder. You can do what you love, think outside the box, and use your talents and gifts to bring beauty and happiness to yourself and others!
Kelli Cross, Lettered Grace

I love the camaraderie that comes with the journey. I have met SO MANY amazing women, who I never even knew existed! These women should have been in my life ages ago. I am thankful they are now. God has perfect timing, for everything and he knew it was time for their presence, guidance, encouragement, love and friendship.
Jacqueline Snoderly, The Secretary Studio

I love getting to wake up every day and create things that will bring joy to other people. Sharing my art with the world is such a blessing to me and I hope that it is to others as well!
Sarah Roberson Cummings, The Redheaded Camel

The freedom! I'm never bored and if I am, I take a break and read a book or do something that I want to do. I'm no longer forced to sit at a desk and do things I don't care about for hours on end when I'd rather be doing something else.
Laura Mays, Invited by LamaWorks


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If someone is just getting started in their business and trying to do #allthethings, what is one of the most important things to keep in mind?

Rome wasn't built in a day. Every day you learn something new and learn from mistakes that you made. Do YOU and you'll go far!
Laura Mays, Invited by LamaWorks

The most important thing to keep in mind is that learning everything takes as long as it’s going to take. A new business owner should give them self a little grace. If you have a passion, go for it!
Lisa Payne, Lisa M. Payne Studio

You simply CAN'T do #allthethings. The things that you are naturally good at and enjoy? Do those. The things you don't enjoy can be outsourced. And please don't be so foolish as to think that YOU are the only one who can do a task. You might find out that you're not even the one that can do the task best! You've GOT to let people help you.
Kandice Matsler, Barque Gifts


Stay in your lane, sister. It is SO easy to get caught up in what you "could" do or "should" do - but focus on what that one special thing that YOU have that no one else does, and let that be your guiding force.
Sarah Roberson Cummings, The Redheaded Camel


What fires you up? What brings a smile to your face when you think about designing it, painting it, writing it, creating it? Focus on the thing that makes your heart flutter! Don't spend time watching others from the sidelines - get in there and do your thing!
Kelli Cross, Lettered Grace


Happy Entrepreneur's Day to each and every one of you celebrating this holiday today. No matter if you’ve been in business for five months or five years, every day you spend as an entrepreneur is one to be celebrated. Every single one of you has the creativity, the dedication, and the passion to be able to do something you love, every single day.

Cheers to all of you today!


 
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