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it's bizness

So the thing with starting a side business is that you spend all your time on the computer. Friday after I got home from work, I started designing for a letterpress business card, and before I knew it, I was revamping my branding, logo and watermark. Andy made me a watermark before, and he did an awesome job, but I didn't feel it was me... So I was playing around, and came up with another one that I like more. It's in my header on my webpage: http://nadinestudio.com/
The watermark and business cards are variations of that font and heart balloons. I had to buy the font, and I drew the hearts myself. I tried looking for free vector graphics but didn't find one I like.

Andy also came to work with me on Friday, just so he can feel my commute and stuff. He worked in coffeeshops and we had lunch with the Pinons. Real fun.

I'm going to take some of the City of Austin's small business classes to figure out what all I need to do to be official. I've already started with a spreadsheet of my income and expenses. I love spreadsheets!! I really do.

I put a pricing page up on my website ,and I also have begun advertising on Craigslist. Small steps.

I also went to an Austin student improv party. Andy said I needed to represent. So people know I exist. He introduced me as "his wife", which is still pretty novel to me.

Today we went to buffalo exchange, my fav used clothing place, since Andy needed pants. I took the opportunity to sell a small bag of stuff. There was a really long line. But they did buy several of my stuff, which is silly but made me feel validated taste-wise. I also shopped for some stuff. It's hit or miss there. But today I scored a juicy couture jacket, and several dresses from french connection, free people, velvet and bgbg. Some of my favorite brands.

Now we're chilling until our Austin Restaurant Week appointment at Uchiko.

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wenchalicious
Sep. 19th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
I like the logo. It fits you.

Good luck with the biz!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 19th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Like the logo, we are heading to Jasper's Domain for our first stop.
-Ullearn
(Anonymous)
Sep. 20th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
Fab
You've come amazingly far, since you posted about your new hobby, photography. Excellent that you put prices online; so many websites fail to answer the questions that most people want answered: What can you do for me -- and what will it cost ?

The wedding-packages seem excellent value, you get 2 photographers on-site for 6-hours, plus engagement-session and the after-work for $1200, and that price even includes a DVD with high-resolution copies of the pictures.

I think the pricing-page should actually state where you're located, and if travel is included in the prices, and if so, to which area. (yeah, I notice you include Houston and DFW near the bottom of the page)
dnivie
Sep. 20th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
anonymous
was me. Failed to notice I wasn't logged in.
ripresa
Sep. 20th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Re: anonymous
thanks eivind :)

i figure it was a good starting rate to get portfolio. and once i'm more established i can raise it. it's definitely on the cheaper end for austin.
__bin
Sep. 20th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
i like your logo! where are you getting your letterpress business cards and how much are you paying for them, if you don't mind my asking? i hate my current business cards and i'm ashamed to hand them out. i really need new ones!
ripresa
Sep. 20th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
I'm in a starting a wedding business flickr group, and one of the members just bought a letterpress printing machine. he offered cheap deals to members, and a lot of people posted. i emailed the design to him a bit late, so hopefully he'll get around to me.

you should join that group, it's been the best thing for my business and learning so far.
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