This new Setting Up Shop series on the blog is a topic I've wanted to tackle for a long time. One of the first questions I'm asked when I tell people about my business is, 'How did you do it?' and it's the question that I struggle the most to answer, because there isn't a simple answer.
I don't think that there's a magical, one-size-fits-all strategy to starting and growing an idea into a meaningful business; or let's be honest, dependable income. I'm not going to gloss over that part of the business, because making money is fundamental to my business's growth and sustainability. Making money is why I don't have to work a traditional 9 to 5, or even a part-time job anymore. All my focus goes into Suite One Studio, and that singularity of vision has created tremendous results for me.
This series isn't going to be a guide with flashy titles or promises. I can't guarantee that any of these steps will create success for you. But I'm going to share my journey, important decisions and major mistakes I've made, and simply, what's worked for me.
If you have any specific questions you'd like to ask about my business, please add a comment here or on this same post on instagram. I'll incorporate your questions into the upcoming Setting Up Shop posts.
For now I'll leave you with this Before photo, a screenshot of my very first Suite One Studio sale back in 2010. I took this photo on a piece of particle board, on my stovetop, at night with the stove's hood light. Mortification for me... motivation for you. Proof that you can start anywhere, even exactly where you are with what you have.