The majority of the time I use my blog to provide helpful tips on design, websites, social media, etc. But, I like to include more personal posts on here from time to time as well. When I work with clients, I like to work with them on a more personal level, not just a bland, “you’re the client, I’m the designer” level. Not everyone who reads this blog is a client (I wish!), so I like to try and connect with YOU readers who don’t know me on a personal level.
So, below are six fun facts + history about Jess Creatives:
- I was a sophomore in high school when I decided I wanted to be a graphic designer. I still remember, sitting in the living room with my dad, when he asked if I had thought about what I wanted to do after high school. I had always been artsy, and knew I wanted to do something with that, but I also loved being on the computer. That’s when he suggested graphic design, and if we’re being totally honest – I had no idea what he was talking about. He described it, and I decided that sounded pretty great. Set my mind on it right then, and never turned back!
- During college, I started “freelancing” a bit. One of my biggest projects was for one of my former high school teachers. I ended up designing a whole set of classroom posters for her. There is an organization in the area that provides resources and workshops for Southwest Kansas teachers, and they ended up adding my set of classroom posters to their shop. It was a big deal to me at the time, because it was one of my first big freelance projects.
- As I just said, I started “freelancing” in college. I laugh now about the projects I did and how LITTLE I charged. It started with some flyers for the various groups I was a part of on campus. Then, I went on a t-shirt designing streak – most of the time, only charging them a fee of a free t-shirt. By the end of college, I had 60+ t-shirts (not ALL from freelance projects).
- It was my senior year in college when I launched Jess Creatives – horrible website and all. Right after I graduated, I moved to Georgia. I had gone from a semi-consistent list of projects, to zero clients. Now, at this point in time, I wasn’t looking to turn this into a full-fledged business. It was just the name that I did my freelance under, but I had so little freelance going on. So little in fact, I almost quit. Obviously, I didn’t. 🙂
- The large majority of my clients are freelancers, or small business owners. But, I’ve had the chance to work on some really fun projects with clients like Chick-fil-A, and Georgia Institute of Technology. I once designed the auction booklet for a charity auction that was being put on by Sanjay Gupta and Jane Fonda. These projects are rare, but it’s fun!
- 2013 was my first BIG income year for freelance, but then – I doubled my income in 2014! It was in October 2014 that I quit my day job and took Jess Creatives full-time. It felt like I had been freelancing for years, but it was only a few months shy of TWO years when I took the leap. Just two years after graduating college, I run my own business. That’s crazy to me!