Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Learn 2 Screen-Print admin | August 3rd, 2010

This week we’re doing something a little different so don’t get too confused guys… Laura Day took advantage of that little blurb at the bottom of our newsletter each week that says “We want to hear your story” and sent us an email. Laura is a creative on crowdSPRING but she also owns her own business! (Way to go, girl!)

Laura is an Australia native and owns Learn 2 Screen-Print a screen-printing business where she teaches people of all ages the proper techniques of screen-printing on paper and fabric and the history behind it.

Laura is a graphic designer and has studied in the field for nine years. She received her BA in Printmaking from Queensland College of Art in Australia. I had a chance to ask her a few questions about starting her own business and this is what she has to share…

1.  How did you get things designed before crowdSPRING?

I am a graphic designer. I joined to submit my artwork and designs to crowdSPRING.

2.  Why in the world did you decide to use crowdSPRING?!

I think crowdSPRING are doing great things to link small business owners and the design community. As a designer myself it is great to keep active and making designs, and the possibility of winning a job and getting paid for it is a bonus! I also love that you are providing business people with QUALITY graphic design services, not just stock standard designs.

3.  What’s the single best small biz resource that you’ve found (magazine, website, blog, etc.)?

The number one best resource I would suggest to read Romanus Wolters book: “Kick Start Your Dream Business”. I started reading this every lunch break I had when I was becoming increasingly frustrated and un-inspired by working in a Retail clothing shop. I knew I could be doing something more with my talents, and reading this book showed me exactly how to start to make that happen. It (along with the most amazing encouragement from my partner) gave me the confidence to take the plunge (some people say risk — I don’t belive it was coz i knew in my heart I would succeed) to quit my full time job and follow my dreams!

4.  If your best friend told you they were going to start a business, what’s the ONE piece of advice you’d give them?

Don’t beat yourself up over making mistakes!! (in business and in life.) We all make mistakes, and there is a valuable lesson to be learned every time you make one. Example: the first time I sent out my newsletter to my mailing list, I did some basic text formatting in Gmail, on my screen it was looking OK — so i sent it off to my small but growing list of contacts. When It came back to me I had realized that after sending it out there was some weird lines through the text from formatting, and being a graphic designer that did not look good. BUT Instead of dwelling on it and getting angry at myself. I thought “what do I have to learn from this?”. So every time I send out a mass email I now send a preview to my inbox BEFORE I send it to my mailing list…

From many minds, the perfect design. Post your project today and let the crowd wow you!

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  • My friend and I went to Laura's classes. We REALLY enjoyed the day. Laura is a great teacher and communicator and a really nice person.
    It was great to be apart of the ” beginnings ” of her small business. She is very open to listening to the ideas that people have and we had some great discussions about business ideas.
    All the best Laura!
    Karen B.

  • Clare S Hill

    I studied with Laura in printmaking at university. She is a constant source of inspiration, not only because of the amazing artwork she creates, but for her drive and motivation. I feel privileged to have work alongside her and know that her screen printing classes are currently and will continue to be a great success. Keep up the amazing work Laura!
    Clare Hill

  • James Katelyn

    Well done taking the plunge and creating a wonderful business!!!

  • Camilla Lee

    I went to a beginners class Laura ran and it was so much fun! She really took the time to explain things properly and it was a great day of hands on activity. Has definitely sparked my creativity. The only way from here Laura is up! Best wishes.

  • Charmaineslater

    I recently attended Laura’s beginners screenprinting class. She has lots of ideas, very patient and enthusiastic. I learnt alot. Will definitely be going back for an intermediate class.

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