We asked some brilliant folks from the community to tell us about the most important lesson their business or career has taught them. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Elizabeth Caparaz | Illustrator & Designer

The importance of putting in the work. And I mean, really putting in the work. Having your own business allows you to take some liberties but cutting corners or taking short cuts usually never yields the results you want. It took me years to figure out the product line for my stationery shop. As an artist I’ve learned to trust the process. There are times when I feel like the work isn’t going well or the designs just aren’t right. But if I push through, keep working on it, I’ll get there. Read more>>

Shelley Holcomb | Creative Director & CEO

Time=Money. That is the most important lesson that my business has taught me. Your time is worth money, make sure you collect. Read more>>

Ting Su | Co-founder

Humility. It’s all a learning process, and everyone along the way is able to teach you something. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from not just mentors within the industry, but also peers, staff, patrons, and vendors. When you’re open to learning, it’s incredible how much you can learn. Naturally, there’s advice out there that isn’t as helpful and at times just wrong. That said, I still believe that being open-minded about it generally works out way better. Read more>>