This year has been an adventure! A few months ago, I decided it was time to dedicate 100% of my focus to enzy design, so I took the leap. I quit my day job, and moved into my home office. It's been an exciting yet scary transition, and I have all of YOU to thank. I've relied heavily on my husband, friends, family, colleagues, blog readers, and clients for their support. Without that extra encouragement, I'm not sure I could have done it.
I'm fortunate to have a client base already built up, and I've been reasonably busy from the beginning, which is not typical for a business that's just getting started, especially in this economy. Having enzy as my side business over the last 3 years has made a big difference, and I'm so glad I've planned for this slow growth (and therefore lower risk), rather than diving into deep water with no idea what to expect.
I strongly believe that I am a better and more successful designer because of the communities I am a part of (local networking groups, trade associations, and the many many online and blogging communities). These communities keep me connected to the design industry, and they also introduce me to peers within my industry. I am so fortunate to have met all the wonderful people I now know because of these connections.
Small businesses have a much better chance at making a difference if they work together to make a larger impact than one person could do on their own, and we all have so much we can learn from each other. Through the upcoming year(s), I will continue to make these communities a priority, because I know that I receive back much more than I give, and I am extremely grateful for that.
I'm looking forward to what the next year will bring, and I wish all of you the feeling of excitement and optimism that I'm experiencing right now.
Love to all of you,