Why some people think you need to be a graphic designer to make your mark
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me what it was like to be an entrepreneur.
We had a great conversation, and I’d heard her say it often.
“I don’t need to know how to be successful,” she said.
“There’s so much that I want to be doing, so I’m not going to waste my time.
I want people to think I’m crazy, but I know what I’m doing is the right thing for me.”
I didn’t know what that meant, but it felt like an obvious answer.
And, it turns out, it’s one of the most common responses to people who ask, “How do I make my mark?”
The truth is, there are a lot of ways to be your own boss.
The most common is to be someone you can rely on to make sure you’re making the right decisions.
If that sounds like a job for someone like me, I’m afraid it probably is.
I’m still learning how to do my own thing, and even as I’ve got a full-time job, I still don’t feel comfortable with my own portfolio.
That’s because I’ve learned to be my own boss over the years.
And there are ways to do that while staying true to your core values.
That includes being open to collaboration, which is why I’m so excited to share with you my story of how I built my own company.
I’ll explain how my team of three people came together, and we’ll also discuss how to navigate the tricky world of being an entrepreneur in 2017.
So join me as I dive into how I started my own business and why I still think it’s a great idea.
The story of an entrepreneur 1.
How I became a graphic design professional I started in the 1990s designing posters for a local newsstand.
I’d been doing that for a few years when my business partner started selling them online.
We were both freelancers at the time, and as soon as he told me he was selling posters, I jumped at the opportunity.
I was thrilled that we could work together on projects, and he was thrilled to share his passion with me.
I remember going to a couple of meetings and trying to explain to him how his posters could be used to promote my company.
But as I told him, I had no idea what to do with the posters myself.
He had no clue what I wanted to do next.
After a few meetings, I finally figured out a way to make money from them, and it turned out that we were both in it together.
The first poster I ever made for my own blog was a poster for my company, Tandem.
Tandem is a graphic agency that helps businesses grow their online presence.
It was a fun experience.
I’ve always been into design, and designing posters was the perfect opportunity for me to build my portfolio.
It didn’t take long for my team to figure out that I was just like any other creative person.
What I do now My business partner, Dan, and his wife, Karen, both worked at companies like Yahoo!
that specialized in digital marketing.
But they started Tandem as a way for them to keep up with what the market was seeing.
They thought they’d get some great clients, but the people they brought in turned out to be mediocre or bad.
Their biggest problem was the quality of the posters they received.
Tempting as it was to give up on the idea of a business, they figured it was worth it to try something different.
They had the confidence that they could create something great with the resources they had.
They set up a team, and in four years, they had the website, a team of writers, a product, a logo, and a portfolio of designs.
They were already doing a good job of building a brand that was well-known and respected in the industry.
Tandems website was great, but we had to figure something out to get it to the next level.
How we started Tandem I’d had a few designs on the blog and was having a blast creating them.
I had a lot to learn about how to market to clients, so we asked Dan to help us out.
The next step was figuring out how to sell posters.
As a freelancer, Dan had a background in branding and advertising, so he understood how to get his clients excited about his company.
So, he and I started working together on the website.
Our goal was to build a logo and make a poster that could help Tandem gain a reputation as a trusted online source for advertising.
Dan was already designing posters to sell online, so it wasn’t a huge leap for us to start selling posters ourselves.
But we needed some help, so Dan and I decided to hire a graphic artist to help.
After our first couple of posters, we realized that the more we focused on the branding and