We had the good fortune of connecting with Steph Corrigan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Steph, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is necessary for growth. Leaving my secure job to start a creative business was an enormous risk. There was no Plan B. But if I hadn’t made that leap, my business wouldn’t exist. I would probably still be working an unfulfilling job, earning less than I am now, and yearning for freedom.

With any risk, there’s usually some amount of luck involved. It’s impossible to predict what the outcome will be. However, risk-taking isn’t the same as recklessness. There are always ways to make a risky decision less risky. For instance, when I quit my job, I knew that I had a certain amount of money saved to help me get by for a certain number of months, in case my business didn’t take off right away (which it didn’t!). Without having those savings to fall back on, quitting my job would’ve been a lot more risky, even reckless.

Starting my business was the biggest risk I’ve ever taken, but I continue to take on new risks as my business grows. For example, I’ve invested a lot of money into coaching programs and courses. Most of these investments have paid off. Some haven’t, but that’s just the nature of taking risks. You win some, you lose some. But as long as you learn from your mistakes, you can’t really ever lose. The key is just to keep going until you reach your goal. If you want to achieve something great that you’ve never done before, it’s probably going to feel scary. Make a plan, take the risk, and see what happens. It’s the only way forward.

What should our readers know about your business?
I started my branding and web design business, Steph Corrigan Design, in late 2018. Initially, I operated as a freelancer and took on whatever design projects I could get my hands on. Over the years, I transitioned from a freelancer to a small business owner, who occasionally hires contractors when demand is high. Getting to where I am now was anything but easy. It required a relentless commitment to improving my skills and processes and a lot of experimentation, some of which was uncomfortable. In addition to continually honing my design skills, I’ve also had to learn about sales, marketing, project management, accounting, hiring, and more.

I’m most proud of myself for not giving up. There were times that I seriously doubted whether I made the right choice in starting this business and whether I was really cut out to be a business owner after all. I’m grateful that I was able to persevere during those tough times and for the support I received along the way from my friends, family, and mentors.

My mission from the beginning has been to inspire, empower, and support others who are chasing a dream. Most of the clients I work with are entrepreneurs starting or scaling their own small businesses. It brings me so much joy to support them through my design work in putting their brand out into the world, selling their services or products, and achieving their goals.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I currently live in Monterey, but some of my favorite spots in LA are the Griffith Observatory, Venice Beach Boardwalk, and of course, Universal Studios or Disneyland.

In Monterey, I recommend visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, wandering around Carmel-by-the-Sea, and driving down Highway 1 through Big Sur. Great places to eat and drink in the area include Alvarado Street Brewery, First Awakenings, The Breakfast Club, Red House Cafe, Hula’s Island Grill, Lalla Grill, and Dust Bowl Brewing Co.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people whose unwavering support I’ve relied on over the course of my business journey, especially my partner Jake, my parents, and my closest friends. In addition, I have to give a shoutout to Skillcrush.com – their Break Into Tech course was the gateway to my career as an independent brand and web designer.

Website: https://stephcorrigan.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/stephcorrigandesign

Image Credits
Emily Kim Photography

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