What is Bella’s Designs?
Bella's Designs is a place of creativity, inspiration, and innovation. When I started creating Bella’s Designs I knew that I wanted to build a business where I could offer my art and products to people who enjoy handmade and exclusive items. In addition to sharing my art and writings, I also wanted to offer quality resources and advice to other creative people who are interested in following their own dreams professionally. I strongly believe in following my own path and doing what I love in life which for me, means being my own boss as I pursue my many interests. The best part of Bella’s Designs is that it is built on what I love, it provides me with an outlet for my creativity, and it gives me the opportunity to teach others at the same time. I want others to see that if you are willing to take the time and work hard, it is possible to make your dreams become reality and make a living doing what you love.
My story + Why I started Bella's Designs
I was raised in an artistically talented family of professionals who believe in enjoying the simple pleasures of life: creativity, nature, animals, previously loved items like antiques, reading, and cooking. Growing up in this environment, molded me into someone who finds inspiration in nature and in the small things of life.
I have always loved reading, so throughout middle school and high school, I focused intently on my writing, and started learning everything I could about being a writer and publishing. This led me to winning several awards for my poetry and short stories while I was still in high school. When I was 14, I wrote my first novel.
In high school with some help from my mom I started two Etsy stores. The first store had pretty and chic items, while the second store featured edgier items. I offered a small variety of products such as watercolors, art prints, handmade bears, and upcycled clothing. My family encouraged me to pursue the things I love and start my own business, but I had other interests I wanted to pursue in college.
College and the Beginning of Bella’s Designs
I kept the Etsy stores active through my first years of college, but I considered them a hobby so I didn't spend much time promoting them. Although I loved creating things and writing and believed I could be successful with them, I was doubtful I could make a living off of them.
During college I started working more on my art and learning about business. I decided that I could start a business and run it on the side while I worked a "regular" job after graduation. I’ve been fortunate to have a mom who taught me about business, but I still had a lot to learn about creative entrepreneurship. I spent many hours doing research and learning about business, art, and the blogging world. At the end of my first year in college, I got a website hosting package so I could start my own blog. That was the beginning of Bella’s Designs.
By my third year of college (senior year), the boring reality of the typical 9 to 5 work life began to creep closer. I love trying new things and being creative/innovative and I realized I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life working a dead-end job doing repetitive tasks I didn't like, and then hardly have the energy to do what I actually loved. I began to think more seriously about my parents’ advice, and decided that if I was going to work hard, I might as well be doing it for my own business. After I graduated in 2016 with my third degree (a bachelors), I got serious about building my own business and started to work over fulltime on making my dreams become reality. I'm super excited for what is to come and I hope you will follow my journey!
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