Payge is a transformation specialist. She loves redesigning and restructuring websites, logos and other graphics turning them into beautiful new products. She specializes at turning your designs into statements that match who you are and who you want to be! She is responsible for completely overhauling The Modern Woman’s Life Magazine into what you see now. When we first met, she had studied the magazine goals as well as my mission statement and heart. She almost knows me better than I do. Every time I have an idea, she makes it happen. Her expertise allows me to do what I do best (which is not web design!). She’s a wizard at making my visions happen and then she pushes the creative design to an entirely new level. She brings out the best in your dreams and ideas!
Take a look at the difference! The picture on the left is my original site,
1) What exactly is your business and what made you get started?
My business is a boutique creative agency called Blooming Pixel Creatives. We focus on web design, graphic design and copywriting for small to mid-size businesses. We got started in order to provide high quality products with quick turnaround for the modern business owner who needs beautiful marketing materials, but doesn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it.
I got started on Blooming Pixel Creatives after a company I was working for shut down their marketing team. I was put at a crossroad where I could look for a desk job working for someone else and not having a say in my clients, or building something my own and working with people who I connect with and believe in. I feel so empowered by my choice to go out on my own and I would do it one hundred times over.
2) What one thing do you do every day to move yourself forward and stay focused? Where do you find your inspiration?
One thing I do every day to stay focused is write down ONE goal for the day. It has to be something realistic and attainable, but something that can push me to be the best that I can be. Sometimes it’s a personal goal and sometimes it’s a professional goal, but every day, there is a goal that gets accomplished.
3) What do you do regularly to take care of yourself?
I exercise about 5 days a week, play board games, which push me to be a better strategist, plan one great date-night a week, and surround myself with people I genuinely care about.
4) How do you keep yourself emotionally balanced while you are pushing forward?
I make sure to always put my future first. If I sense that something will be emotionally draining or stressful, I reconsider. My quality of life and my sanity is more important than a paycheck. If I put myself first and take care of myself, the rest will follow. I also make sure every day to get outside, spend time with my dogs, and do one thing I love.
5) What’s the best part and the worst part of your job?
The best part of my job: I can completely alter the course of someone’s business. I get to transform something that is old, underperforming, under-designed, etc., into something that can be an incredible marketing tool. My job lets people feel empowered and excited to show off how incredible they are.
The worst part of my job: With all the website-builders out on the market now-a-days, people feel as though they don’t need a designer because they can build their own website themselves.
6) What failure taught you the most and what was it?
My first graphic design gig (when I was 19) was a woman who I had made a verbal contract with. After nearly 8 hours of work, we agreed on a beautiful design, but the next day she came back to me saying that she didn’t like it anymore because her husband didn’t. When I requested payment for the time I had put in, she refused and threatened to take me to small-claims court if I didn’t refund her deposit. I refunded her deposit, as requested, because I had no physical proof of our agreement.
I learned from this failure to put everything in writing and be very transparent. I also learned that the hourly rate model of business was not for me. I believe in delivering the best product possible to someone without charging more per time spent. Every business owner I work with deserves a beautiful design for the same price, whether I get it perfect on the first try or if it takes 3 rounds of edits to get there.
7) If you had to do something different, what would that be?
Design is my passion through-and-through. If I had to choose a different profession, it would still be in design. I would love, in a parallel universe, to be an architect. I find modern and ancient architecture fascinating. I would love to create beautiful, environmentally friendly designs.
8) If you had advice to give to someone else who was thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, what would that be?
Take a chance and believe in your strengths. If you believe in your power to overcome your weaknesses, your weaknesses will become your strengths.
9) What did you have to overcome personally to be able to do what you do?
Being a young woman in technology is very challenging. It takes a lot more convincing for people to believe in my experience and in my skills than it would for someone a little bit older. Ultimately, I compensate for it with my persistence, exceptional designs, and connection with clients.
10) Any last parting words?
Let’s make your business BLOOM!
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