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What I’ve Learned After Five Years in Business

Wow! What an adventure I’ve had in the last five years. There have been lots of wins and just as many fails. There have been plenty of celebrations and more than a few tears. There has been a lot of learning, giving myself grace, and dreaming. I truly started creating as a hobby and had no idea it would lead me to running my own business, full time.

So, here I am at five years in and want to share a few things I’ve learned about being self-employed, working with brides, and the wedding industry.

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Mistakes Happen.

It’s inevitable that something will go wrong. Missing packages, issues matching a color, a printed typo, out of stock envelopes, an important email ending up in your spam folder – the list goes on. In the beginning, I would stress so much and legitimately lose sleep over these type of things.

The worst part about being self employed is that any mistake comes directly out of your pocket, however having to literally pay for it reminds you to be cautious of repeating that error again. For the most part, clients are extremely understanding when there’s an issue – I’m always very up front if something is wrong that will affect their order. Give yourself a break, you’re only human!

It’s OK to Not Feel Creative Every Day.

When starting out, I felt so much pressure to come up with new ideas, designs, strategies, and content daily. Most of the time, it was enjoyable but there are days when you’re just not feeling it. Maybe there’s a custom design project that isn’t speaking to you on a particular day. Rather than trying to force something out that isn’t there, it’s ok to step away. Take a break, whether that’s for an hour, a day, or a week, and come back to it later. The best designs are born under positive factors and without feeling pressured to create.

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The Wedding Industry is So Rewarding.

I did NOT want to get in the wedding industry. I was extremely intimidated and nervous about bridezillas. There are rules, etiquette, and pressure – just designing for the biggest day of someone’s life, no big deal! My experience was lacking and transitioning to wedding invitations was pretty slow.

However, I knew that I had to take the leap into weddings if I really wanted to grow my business. Once I did it, I never looked back! I’ve worked with hundreds of brides and haven’t had a single bridezilla – yes, really! The clients I’ve gotten to work with have truly been the sweetest. They’ve been so pleasant, so happy, and overall grateful

Consistency is Key.

This is one of my top tips for anyone wanting to start their own business. It doesn’t happen overnight and it takes work, a lot of it. If you’re consistent and putting your best efforts in, it will happen! The more you’re able to devote (money, time, etc) the quicker it will grow but patience is so important.

Show up, market, blog, strategize, network, create, dream, and don’t stop. Continue to work for it and amazing things will happen!

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Interested in more about my business journey or starting your own? I have an entire blog dedicated to these topics! Check out zerotobiz.com now.

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Something New Nursery Prints

Nursery Prints Artwork for Baby

It’s been all weddings around here lately and I was excited for something new! My friends are having babies (yay!) and I wanted to give a unique baby shower gift. I’m anti-registry, because I like surprising people. Because I’m not a parent, I definitely don’t know what the right things are to buy for baby, other than the adorable clothes. Naturally, I felt like creating framed artwork for the nursery was the perfect gift. It’s unique and special, inspiring, and was a hit at the baby showers!

Nursery Quotes for Baby Boy

The quotes I wanted for the nursery prints were happy, uplifting words that would work for girl or boy. The colors were based on the theme of the nursery, mint and lavender for baby girl and grey and navy for baby boy.

   NurseryPrintGirl1a DIY Nursery Print

The artwork is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop, either as a print or digital download, both size 8×10. You can opt to order the physical print and pop in a frame (I used these white ones from Michaels) or buy the digital file to DIY printing!

I hope to create more prints, including additional designs for nursery artwork, in the future! Follow me on Instagram @ohmydesigns_ to see the latest!

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Stationery vs Stationary

Stationery Stationary

I’ve noticed a serious issue in the world of paper products and the wedding industry! Ok, so maybe it’s not THAT serious, but it is something that still needs to be mentioned.

Let me begin by stating that I’m talking to industry professionals here. Dealers of invitations, bloggers of weddings, makers of cards, this is for you! Clients and non-industry people might find this useful, but I don’t hold these folks to the standard of people who work with stationery.

Yes, I said stationery. Unfortunately often confused with stationary. These words are homophones, meaning they sound the same, but have different spellings and different meanings. Maybe it’s my inner elementary school teacher coming out (yep, former second grade teacher here), but I cringe when I see a professional using the word incorrectly.

STATIONERY. It’s that beautiful paper, hand written letter, or set of thank you cards. Stationery is a noun. In school, I was told to remember stationery with an E because it has an Envelope. Check out my wedding stationery here!

STATIONARY. It’s fixed in place and not moving. Stationary is an adjective. Things that come to mind as being stationary – your house, a tree, the bike at the gym that’s not actually going anywhere. I suppose stationery can be stationary while it’s sitting on your desk! Read more about the origins of the words here.

The English language is weird. To be honest, so many people use “stationary” that I sometimes include it when tagging my wedding invitations on Etsy or as a hashtag on Instagram. I don’t want to miss out on a potential client because of one vowel. I do want to bring awareness to industry professionals of the correct grammar since I often see it used wrongly. We aren’t stationary and neither are the paper products we create. Let’s move forward!

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Catching Up

Hi all! Steph here.

I’ve been staying super busy! The website hasn’t gotten much attention lately, but you can keep up with oh my! designs on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, AND Etsy! Follow me at the links below to stay in the know.

Lots of exciting things are stewing and there are some great things coming up! Can’t wait to show you soon!

LIKE me on Facebook: facebook.com/ohmydesignsbysteph

FOLLOW me on Instagram: @ohmydesigns_

FOLLOW me on Pinterest: pinterest.com/ohmydesignsteph

SHOP me on Etsy: etsy.com/shop/ohmydesignsbySteph

EMAIL me always: orders@ohmydesignsbysteph.com

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Putting My Name On It

The amount of things that you are able to plaster your name upon now are countless… from pens and koozies to coffee mugs and t-shirts, the list goes on. I quickly realized that seeing my logo on anything and everything makes me happier than a camel on a Wednesday.

My rubber stamp purchase has been one of my best yet. The purchase was accompanied by several colorful ink pads and I have yet to run of out things to stamp my name across. As always, I like to purchase from Etsy when I can and found Stamp Out Online in my search (https://www.etsy.com/shop/stampoutonline). I was able to design my own stamp and the turnaround was lightning speed. Although they are based in California, I had the stamp in my hands two days after placing my order. I have absolutely no idea how they do it, but it’s WONDERFUL!

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Stampin’ Away 

 

 

 

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