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How to start a business while in school

Are you ready to stop letting fear get in your way and realize your dreams already? If you’ve been looking for a sign to finally start your own creative business, then this is it. Meet Bailey Wineland of B.Louise Designs. She started her art business while juggling being a full-time student and intern. She shares with us why it’s important to launch first and adjust later, how to maintain work-life balance, and why you should implement a sustainable business model.


1. How did you get started in your industry? What led to your passion for your career?


I have been passionate about art and all things creative for as long as I can remember. I’ve explored so many different art mediums over the years and learned so much from that exploration. As I began my path towards a career in graphic design, I found myself also needing a creative outlet that was just mine. So I began planning my art business soon after I started college. I’m a person who has a hard time “turning it off” when it comes to my creativity. So having these various outlets has been amazing.


2. What were some of the bigger challenges you experienced in getting started?


Starting my small art business while pursuing my bachelors degree in graphic design was no easy feat. It definitely took a leap of faith on my part. It was scary trying to hurdle myself over the imposter syndrome, the what-ifs, the idea of juggling something new between already working an internship and being a full-time student. I really had to believe in myself and what I was doing. I’ve learned that when it comes to trying something new, there will never be a “right time” to do it. I just had to be confident in figuring it out as I go! I have learned so much along the way and it’s amazing to look back to where I started and how far I’ve come in just under a year!