What is your business?
Sarah B. Calligraphy offers services and products for weddings and other special events full of heart. Creating the initial vibe for your guests when they receive a save-the-date or invitation is one of my main goals. I want the invitation to be much more than a piece of paper. I want it to be like looking glass into what the event will be like and a keepsake for the couple and family afterwards.
If you could go back and tell yourself one thing at the beginning of your journey, what would it be?
I would tell my younger self that “no” is not a scary word. Whether contacting people for collaborations or turning down a client that does not flow well with your brand, it is okay to hear and say, “No.”
How do you stay creative while managing a business?
It’s easy to stay creative when you have a calligraphy business, but it’s hard to be creative for fun. I like to take a step back and experiment with new techniques, paper types, and calligraphy tools. By trying new processes, it reminds me why I turned my passion into a career. Calligraphy is a skill that evolves constantly.
What is the hardest part about being an entrepreneur?
I struggle the most with finding the balance between my personal and business life. I’m currently renovating my grandparents’ home and finding ways to build Sarah B. Calligraphy. It’s hard to know which task deserves more attention that specific day.
What is your favorite quote (ever), and why?
“Community over competition”—popularized by The Rising Tide Society—is a quote that reminds me that we are all in this together. There are enough clients for all of us, and we only hurt ourselves if we try to tear one another down. It’s much better to build each other up and also be able to support and be supported by like-minded people.
When you are in a rut, where are your favorite places to go for inspiration?
I close the door to my study and spend time with family or friends. I find that coming back with a fresh mind helps my brain become less stressed and able to think better.
Tell us your 5 favorite things:
Five things I can’t get enough of are sushi, my nieces, gold ink, putting my feet in the pool, and handmade paper.
If you could say one thing to an entrepreneur who is struggling to find their way, what would it be?
Breathe. If you can’t find your way now, stressing about it isn’t going to help. Take time to remember why you started this new venture. Have fun and give yourself grace.
I graduated with a bachelor of fine art in graphic design but taught myself calligraphy on a whim. My biggest supporters are my family and friends. God has helped me push through the negatives in my journey. I realized that I wanted to do something more than create ads. I want to be a part of people’s events and help make those events even more special and memorable. My ideal day consists of family, my favorite food, and binge-watching TV shows!
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