Some people say entrepreneurs are made, but I was born an entrepreneur. Ever since I was young, I have been enthralled with entrepreneurship and business. At age 4, I created pretend businesses in my closet, complete with client-intake forms and full-paged to-do lists. At age 7, I took my entrepreneurship to a new level when I learned that I could make money through business to buy toys. I started a lemonade stand, a push cart, a car wash, and eventually started selling hand painted sweatshirts.
Since then I have loved having a sense of control of what’s happening around me. I have been the president of a division of a non-profit organization at age 17, a retail business owner at age 20, president of a small clothing company, sat on the board of a non-profit art organization and regional art steering committee, a sponsored surfer, a regionally well-known fine artist and illustrator, and owner a boutique web and graphic design studio. Though diverse, the connecting theme throughout all of these positions is being in charge.
However, I haven’t always worked for myself. I have worked in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Reno/Tahoe region as a sales manager at two newspapers, have been an executive assistant, a surf school manager, a lifeguard, a climbing instructor, operations manager, an environmental restoration subcontractor, sales representative, a sign shop production manager… the list goes on. Through these experiences, I was able to learn about the work place from an employee’s perspective and learn more about the type of people it takes to make a successful organization.
I now run my own boutique graphic and web design firm nestled in the beautiful Sierra mountains. As a graphic and web designer, I work primarily with small business owners, often many start ups. I provide a half hour free consultation for new clients which often extends to be an hour+. During this time, I regularly find myself regurgitating these findings, providing helpful suggestions to these business owners at no charge, and learning a lot about business owners (and the thoughts they have). Some choose me to create their website while some go elsewhere. Regardless, I can’t stop myself from thinking about business, growth, and visioning. Therefore, my comics about entrepreneurs is a summary of all I hear, see, think, feel and do in terms of business.