How 1 Teen Started a Design Company | 01/18/16

Hello internet people. So excited to share this guest post from a fellow teen, fellow entrepreneur, fellow blogger, and fellow NAME SHARER:...

Hello internet people. So excited to share this guest post from a fellow teen, fellow entrepreneur, fellow blogger, and fellow NAME SHARER: Sophie from iDesigns by Sophie!! She's super cool, so make sure you check out her blog. I love her up and down story of blogging and starting an interior decorating business. Check it out below!!

Hello! My name is Sophie, and I have a lifestyle and interior design blog called iDesigns by Sophie. I'm super excited to be sharing my teen entrepreneur story here! Since 2012, I have been interested in sewing, interior design, and web design. That summer, I decided that the best way to combine all of those things was to start my own business, called Designs by Sophie! I started by operating through email and a Microsoft word document product list. It worked for a while, and it was a great way to start my business small.

My next big jump was to create a website using Weebly. It cost me nothing, and was super simple and fun to set up. I took some not-so-great pictures of the products I had made and listed them with prices. Some of the other site pages I had were design tips and sales. I was, and still am, very proud of how it turned out, especially since I was only 12 years old at the time! I began to send out monthly newsletters, and the order were rolling in, sometimes more quickly than I could keep up with! I kept this website for about a year and a half, and then decided to take the next step and switch platforms.

Next up, wordpress.com! This is when I really started the blog aspect of my business, and changed the name from Designs by Sophie to iDesigns by Sophie to show the interior design element. I purchased a domain name at this time as well, as a way of making my business seem more professional. Though my blog posts weren't totally professional, I learned a lot about blogging and connected with a lot of other teen bloggers during this time. Between 2012 and my switch to Wordpress in 2014, I kept careful records of my business spending and profit, and made around $1000—pretty good for a 12/13/14 year old!

At the start of 2015, I made yet another big change, this time to Wix website design. Before I purchased the eCommerce capability and was able to sell my products and design services online in May of 2015, I had an Etsy shop for a brief period of time, but found that it's not the best choice for me. The branding of iDesigns changed once again as well, and I used Vistaprint to create business cards and postcards with coupons.

Now it's 2016, and after taking a few month break from blogging, I have made a third switch, this time to the Blogger platform! Though I no longer have eCommerce of my website, I still have a 'Shop' page and lists of products and services, and the major plus side is, I don't have any fees except for my domain name, which I still own through Wix!

Though it may seem like I've made a crazy amount of changes in branding over the past four years (and I have!), I'm totally okay with that, because this whole process has been a learning experience for me. I made a lot of snap decisions and switches, but I've been happy and excited about each and every one. Don't be afraid to do the same thing I've done and go out on a limb to do something you love, and don't worry if you don't have thousands of page views on your website, just do it for fun!

Thanks for reading! –Sophie
Visit the iDesigns blog here

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  1. Thanks for sharing my story! :)) --Sophie

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    1. you're so welcome, fellow name-sharer!!

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    1. I know, right?! Sophie (meaning the one who guest posted this) is GOALS.
      ps~ i haven't forgotten about collaborating with you....

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  3. Very cool! I hope you stay with Blogger! I love it. :)

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