Editor's note: Readers may have noticed that recently we gave The Penny Rose a facelift. This new look (and the resounding positive feedback on it) are thanks in large part to Kira of the blog/website/graphics business, Her New Leaf. For a remarkably affordable price, Kira, a 25-year-old graphic designer in Venice, Calif., completely revamped the graphics element at The Penny Rose. She provided us with sweet social media icons and on-trend banners for side column navigation. Not only was I impressed with her skills, but I was curious to hear more about this self-made business woman/designer, how she runs a DIY company, and what makes her tick. The answers? Very inspiring. Read on ...
Creatively, I am a blogger and freelance graphic designer, I also work as promotional coordinator for another blogger. By day, I currently work as a behavioral therapist with children with autism spectrum disorders, but in September I will be a full-time graduate student.
Her New Leaf is and always has been my story. I started my blog to journal my life and keep in touch with friends and family when I moved 3,000 miles away. It developed organically; when I took up photography, I wrote about photography. When I was feeling crafty, I shared a tutorial. Eventually, sharing my everyday adventures and hobbies began to connect me to new friends all over the world—it has been amazing! It is my hope that Her New Leaf will continue to grow and expand into even more of a community and a place where readers can not only connect with me, but others as well.
There's nothing wrong with baby steps! There are many platforms online that you can utilize to start your business small and build your reach over time. It also helps to be clear with your goals; where do you want to be in six months or a year from now? Once you figure that out, break it down month-by-month and figure out the steps you need to take to reach your goals.