Alumni Spotlight: Ryann Jarrard
We are so happy to spotlight Ryann Jarrard of nine0nine Creative today. Learn more about what Ryann's been up to below!
Why did you start your business? Tell us your story. I worked in public relations for 7 years - the last 5 were at a local grocery store chain in Texas, and I loved my job. It was there that I realized I had a real passion for graphic design and invitations in particular. After having our second child, I knew it was time to take the leap to being a work at home mom and running my own invitation design business (yes, with a newborn - I was a little crazy!). That was almost three years ago and I have not regretted my decision one single minute. I truly have the best of both worlds - being able to grow a business I adore and raise two children that mean the world to me. Even on the hard days, its worth it.
Where are you now? What has your journey since Stationery Academy looked like? I'd say I am finding my place as an invitation designer and narrowing down my ideal client so that I love each and every client I work with. Stationery Academy definitely pushed me to be able to say "no" if a client or project isn't a good fit - something I was terrified to do before SA! I have also taken bigger risks and pushed myself out of my comfort zone with design which I never did before SA.
Who has inspired you the most from the Stationery Academy community? I absolutely adore Natalie Chang's hand lettering and she is probably one of the most knowledgable paper people I have ever met. I am also partial to all the Stat Acad ladies from my session in New Orleans, specifically my accountability group: Meredith Collie, Emily Roach Griffin, Jenny Shea, Madeline Ellis, Morgan Sasser and also my amazing roommate, Eleanor Touchet. These women, y'all - they are my constant cheerleaders and motivators. The friendships I gained from Stationery Academy have made that investment so, so worth it. You have to have people in your life that understand the challenges of being a small business owners and this group definitely does.
What has been the highlight of your year? Probably having one of my favorite invitation suites to date be featured on Ruffled Blog. Also, growing relationships with local event planners and small business owners is something I am really proud of.
Do you have a favorite memory from SA?
One of the break out sessions with Natalie where she was teaching how to style flat lays - the tips she shared in those 20 minutes have stuck with me and helped really shape the photos I take of my work. Also, graduation dinner was super meaningful - after three long days of digging into our businesses (which was wonderful, but also pretty emotional) I was able to celebrate with ladies who started as strangers and quickly became my paper lovin' family.
How has SA continued to shape your path? SA has helped me to really be thoughtful about every decision I make in my business. From vendor choices to my pricing structure - I have a much better strategy in place then I ever would have just on my own. I also have a fantastic sounding board in my SA accountability group and the FB alumni group.
What’s in your future?
Lots more paper!
Thanks Ryann for sharing your journey with us. We wish you much continued success this year!
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