Seasonal Shifts in Your Business - feat. Marti Harris of M. Harris Design

    Welcome to the Biz Batch Podcast, where we make biz strategy a piece of cake. I'm Elizabeth. And I'm Cammy, but you might know us better. As Eliza and Calligraphy and Cammy Monet, we want to help you, our fellow Stationers artists and calligraphers confidently build a profitable and personality driven creative biz.

    We're here to share our honest to goodness advice and actionable strategies for ambitious artists. So put on your party hat. Quit being a procrastinator gator, and let's get this party started. Hello everyone. Welcome back to the Biz Birthday Bash podcast. Today we will be talking about seasonal shifts in your business with Marty Harris of m Harris Design.

    Marty is the owner of M Harris Design, where she offers timeless wedding stationary and calligraphy services. She loves getting to work with couples from all over the world, and her favorite part about running her own business is getting to channel her creative gifts to serve her clients in such a significant season of life.

    She's. To her husband weighed for four years and they currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from Auburn University in 2015 and is a self-taught calligrapher designer and stationer. So welcome to the show, Marty. I'm so excited you're here. Um, so pumped to be here. Yeah, this is gonna be great.

    Marty and I have known each other via the innerwebs and actually have met in person. So for the. Five years at least. I feel like that we've known each other . Mm-hmm. . I know, I always forget about that. Like it was like a flat lay workshop. Right. That we met, uh, in Birmingham. Yep. And I actually stumbled across the photos from that the other day.

    I should go back and find them again and send them to you cuz there's a couple really cute ones of us . Huh? I'm sure we look like. Babies. I know we actually do. It's kind of crazy. Um, so obviously I gave listeners the little blurb that you kind of wrote for us, but tell us in your own words how you got started with your business and why you were originally drawn to paper and calligraphy.

    Yeah, so I've like always loved channeling a creative outlet. So I think, I mean, honestly, I feel like with a lot of people, it just got started with like lettering, like literally like the sharpie lettering that you would do, like when you were younger. I was like always doing stuff like that and so lettering and then, When I graduated college, I like didn't really know what I wanted to do.

    I was obviously like doing other things, but just kind of was like, I wanna learn how to do like real calligraphy. So I started with like straight up calligraphy. And then for my first job out of. College, I kind of had to learn how to do like very, very minimal graphic design work, just like the basics.

    And I really enjoyed it. And so after that I was kind of like, Well, what if I just like married the two, like my creative outlet with like calligraphy and lettering and then like graphic design. And so kind of started doing stuff for friends and then. I feel like with a lot of people in the industry, it's just very gradual.

    And like before you know it, you have people who are like actually willing to pay you for the things that you like to do, and you're like, Oh, maybe I'll make a business out of this. And then, you know, obviously there's that shift where you actually have to like buckle down and. Make it a business. But that's in a nutshell, like how it all started.

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