Name: Stefanie Mercado
Business Name: DesignPress Unlimited©
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/DesignPressUnlimited
How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as being creative, outgoing, professional, punctual and personable.
How long have you been involved in your business?
Why did you choose your particular business?
I have been inspired by art my whole life. I love the way I feel when I create something new and being a graphic designer gives me a creative outlet that helps others promote their brands, products, blogs, companies and more while also giving me a sense of accomplishment.
What keeps you motivated?
Being able to create something new and different with each order. Using new colors, designs and working with people across the world is very exciting for me.
Tell us a little about your family.
I am a 30 something year old wife to my wonderful husband of 12 years. Together we have three beautiful children that all have special needs to some degree and are the light of our lives.
How do you prioritize family and your business?
Of course family is always first but I also love my job and am incredibly thankful for it! I work while my children are at school or sleeping. My life is my family and my work…I wouldn’t trade either one for anything!
How do you relax?
This sounds funny but to relax I work. Nothing relaxes me more than sitting down at the computer and creating something new, fun and different. If I am to the point of exhaustion then I chill by watching a movie with my family or going out with a friend for coffee and window shopping.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I see myself doing the same thing…I love it so why change?
Biggest life lesson learned?
Be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you are not. Each of us is blessed with a special gift and by being yourself you will find it faster and enjoy it more.
What is your secret to success?
By not being a typical business owner. I love creating new friendships with clients. Really talking to and understanding my clients personalities helps me better design something that they will love for a long time.
All Entrepreneurs encounter bad days. How do you handle yours?
By spending time with my family. They have the ability to take my mind off of the bad parts and make me realize that nothing is bad enough to ruin my day/year/life. I chalk up bad days to excellent learning experiences and I move on.
What was your sweetest success story?
Opening my own business from home and watching it grow. After my daughter was born I dropped out of college and decided to be a stay at home mom. Years later I opened my first design business from home and started going back to school slowly but most of what I do is self taught. I am now a successful web designer and I love it!!!
Share your favorite quote or inspirational thought:
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass….it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Is there anything else you would like to add?
As a designer I am there for my clients from start to finish and then some. If a client has questions or problems the first day, during the design process or 2 years after the project has been completed I am there 100% to help! There is no question, order or problem that I won’t help you with!
Do you send out a monthly newsletter? How can we get on your mailing list if we are interested in more information? No, but I do update my facebook with news, discounts, new completed orders and more!
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