Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

When I finally took the leap into this little blog design journey in July, I had no idea what to expect. I didn't think I'd have any interest. I was literally squealing like a 7 year old at a One Direction concert when I got my 1st client. Seriously...you can ask Jason... he laughed at me. Then I got another...and another...and soon I found myself staying up way too late to work on designs, but I loved it! I loved the people I've met, and hearing their stories.

Then, later in July, Jason proposed and the wedding planning began. I had my dream venue picked out and when we went to visit, I fell in love. I looked at Jason and said, "I don't care if I have to eat ramen noodles and PB&J sandwiches for the whole school year, I want to get married here."

Fortunately, I haven't had to do that, yet. We still have 70some (okay, exactly 73) days left until we say, "I do". This design business has quickly become a huge blessing in our lives. Jason constantly tells me I need to increase prices, which I have a couple times, but that was more because I began to create custom clipart, so it was taking a little more time and I knew I'd still be affordable.

I take pride in being different from other designers by not offering packages, add ons, extras, etc. Everything you could need or want is included. Want a TpT banner a month after I design your blog? No problem! Need to add a Facebook tab? You betcha! Am I going to charge you $5-$10...uhm, no. The only time I've ever charged an additional fee is if someone purchased a pre-designed template, and decided later they wanted to have more than what is included in a pre-design, and I want to keep it that way.

I understand that not everyone can afford $100+ blog designs...and honestly, I don't know how someone can pay that much! Do I spend hours and hours on a design? Yes. But I can't (without feeling uneasy about it) charge someone that much for something that I enjoy doing and know makes people happy. I just can't, and I won't.

Please know that each and every dollar I've made in this business has gone to the wedding of our dreams. Because of you, I haven't had to eat Ramen and PB&J every day. I'm so thankful for your support, kind words, and constant positive feedback. It means so much to me!

I decided awhile ago that I would take May and June off from designing to focus on finalizing my wedding plans, and enjoy time with my husband {to-be}. I didn't think I would open spots until I got back from our Honeymoon, but the more I thought about it, I decided to keep the form open, and continue to take clients starting June 28th.

I realize this is a long wait, and some of you may not want to wait that long, and I completely understand. I also know that summer vacation is the time when a lot of teachers start their blogging and TpT journeys, so I want to make sure any of you that are interested can get your spot on my list secured.

If you have any questions at all, you can always email me at thrivingin3rd@gmail.com

Thank you so much for your support, and I hope I get to work with you soon!