November 18, 2013

13 things I’ve learned in my 13 years of business

Filed under: Small Business — Tags: , , , , — lidia @ 1:25 pm

13 things I’ve learned in my 13 years of business

13 years ago today, I started my graphic design business.

I still recall starting out and telling myself: “I’ll give it a few months and see how it goes. I can always get another job.” And now here I am, 13 years later.

Over these past 13 years, Ive learned a lot. Of course, Ive honed my skills in things like billing and marketing. But Ive also gained many insights that transcend the day-to-day.

  1. Be nice.
  2. But…don’t let people take advantage of you.
  3. Stay in touch.
  4. Reinvent yourself.
  5. Try something new.
  6. Be there when people need you most.
  7. But…don’t be afraid to take a day off.
  8. Stay up-to-date.
  9. Take a risk.
  10. Learn from your mistakes.
  11. Don’t pursue every opportunity.
  12. Never stop learning.
  13. Be grateful.

I couldn’t have made it this far without my family, friends, clients, vendors and other supporters and mentors who I have been inspired by, learned from, and collaborated with. You know who you are, so thank you!

  • Tracy Dillard

    Congratulations, Lidia!

  • http://blog.lsvdesign.com/ Lidia Varesco Design

    Thanks Tracy! You were one of my first clients, so I appreciate your support throughout the years.

  • Candace @ Luxe…With Kids

    Happy 13 years! Love this list…xoxo

  • http://www.tastycms.com Tasty CMS

    Congratulations Lidia on 13 successful years! You are an inspiration to me and thank you for constantly sharing your insights!

  • Kathy B.

    Congratulations Lidia! I’m honored to be both a client and a friend! Here’s to thirteen time thirty more years of success for you!

  • http://blog.lsvdesign.com/ Lidia Varesco Design

    Thanks Kathy!