Interviews are a great way to learn about people and their businesses. I don't know about you but I get inspired by those that are creative and work hard to have their own business. Every couple of weeks I will strive to have a guest interview on my blog featuring either an artist or someone with an inspiring online business. Hearing how others conduct their company or design their work can give us ideas and help motivate us during those tough times.
Today I am sharing an interview with you from a talented designer.
1. What is the name of your business?
2. What was your motivation to start your own business?
I started this as a way to motivate myself to create
more art, and to teach myself new skills in design. I had been pursuing
freelance graphic design at the time, and thought designing the products
at the print on demand Zazzle could be a great creative outlet. When
people started buying my work, I knew it could be something more! I’ve
been designing patterns and drawing ever since.
3. Can you provide me with a description of your business?
I design cute, quirky and decorative patterns and
illustrations for clothing, home decor and stationery. I create gifts that
can be enjoyed by people of all ages - from animal puns, to decorative
patterns that look great in the home.
4. What are the advantages of this form of business ownership
What I love about this form of business ownership is
that I can focus on designing and do not have to worry about shipping
products or stock levels. Its also purely online so I can really work on
my shop at any time, anywhere.
5. How do your customers find your products?
My art can be found at the online print on demand
marketplaces Zazzle, RedBubble and DesignByHumans under the shop name Tanya Draws.
6. Where do you get your motivation when things are slow?
When I’m slowing down creatively, what helps me is to
go shopping! It sounds weird, but browsing a retail store to see what
items they have in stock and what kind of colours, styles and designs are
popular for the season is inspiring.
7. Is there anyone you look up to for business advice?
One person I really look up to for business advice is
my sister! She is younger than me… but she goes shopping way more
than me, and always knows what is popular. :) Her great eye for style and
her love of awkward humour has definitely impacted my shop!
8. Do you do marketing for your business?
I do mainly social media marketing for my business. I can be found on
twitter and Instagram! I also have a blog to showcase my work.
9.What will you be focusing on for the upcoming holidays?
For the holidays, I’m working on building up a
collection of Holiday themed stationery & photo greeting cards! I’ve
also got a bunch of holiday themed patterns in the works that I hope to
add to my shop in the next few weeks.
10. Is there anything that you struggle with in your business?
My biggest struggle has always been keeping my self
doubt in check and maintaining a balance between being critical of my work,
and striving to improve. I know that I’ve grown so much as a graphic
designer and artist in the past 3 years and part of that is because I see
things I could have done better in my work… however sometimes I can forget
this and be too critical! As creatives, I think this happens a lot. Its
important to see where you can improve but its equally important to keep
the things you like about your work in mind, too.
I hope you enjoyed learning about Tanya Draws. This is one of my favorite patterns that she has created. You can find it on many different products in her shop.