Entrepreneurship is about showing up all day, every day, even when things are not going the way they should. An all in mindset is required.
The ebb and flow of our available time as designers is in constant flux. How we manage it can be the lifeline we reach for prior to burnout.
I recently spent 10 weeks working with 18 designers/developers, teaching them how to interact with clients and run real website projects.
I’ve just reached post 25 of the originally intended 100. I am now officially one-quarter of the way through this personal little project of mine.
With the amount of changes that come upon this industry each year, most web designers have set a new standard when it comes to the term, “run and gun”.
Much of what we get out of a design school education is slanted to satisfy the primary purpose of making a designer employable upon graduating.
Design education needs more focus on developing soft skills in their freshly minted designers. Talking about the intangibles of this career is beneficial.
I had a business coach during the first year I started the studio. I was doing a small amount of business, had a few steady clients, and was really focused on growing. I wanted the studio to become something bigger.
When people ask me why I decided to start my own studio my standard response is, “because I made a terrible employee”.
A few months ago I wrote a piece about how embracing risk is an essential skill for entrepreneurs to develop. The crux of the article was that it’s not easy to feel comfortable taking risks.