Happy Six Months to Rival Design and what I’ve learned.


1. You need confidence, and lots of it!

Confidence is a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something. It takes confidence in yourself to believe that you can run a business. It takes confidence in your skills to place a value on your services and products.  It takes confidence on those hard days, when everything seems to be against you. It is unreasonable to think that there won’t be days when you don’t doubt yourself, but if you are pursuing something that you are passionate about, that you absolutely love, it probably means that you are good at it. People like what they are good at, so be confident in your abilities and talents.

2.  And if and when your confidence isn’t at its highest, have a strong support system.

The greatest asset in my business is my support system. This business would not be here if it was not for  my mentors, friends and family. I am fortunate to start Rival Design together as a team. Since it was the first time either I opened a business, I relied on knowing I had a stacked team of creative, talented people. I mean, when you start up a business in a small midwest town during the time of a large economic shift, you are going to question yourself.

3. Running a business is  not always as glamorous as it looks, despite my best efforts.

Sure, my Instagram & Snapchat account makes it look like I take just take a bunch of pictures of fun things, but there is so much going on behind the scenes. Social media is the most wonderful and powerful outlet in the business world today, but it can definitely romanticize a person’s life. My office is rarely clean and picturesque, and I rely on monsters & Five Finger Death Punch 1/4 of the month.

4. I still have bosses, they are called clients.

No, I don’t have someone checking my time clock or scolding me for being 5 minutes late in the morning, but I still do have bosses. They are  my clients. They are the ones that are ultimately paying our wages and creating our schedule. Although I have  regular work hours, I always try to accommodate their schedules and make sure I am making their day a bit easier. Because when its all said and done, they are the ones that allow us to do what we love, day in and day out.

5. Everyday is a new beginning

I try to remember that you can’t reach what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you. Everyday is a new day. Don’t let your history interfere with your destiny. It doesn’t matter what you did or where you were; it matters where you are and what you’re doing now. Never give up on yourself, and never abandon your values and dreams. As long as you feel pain your still alive. As long as you make mistakes, your still human. As long as you keep trying, there’s still hope.

Much Love {Kara}