C+L: Tell us a little bit about your business-
KMD: I've been designing since college, but KM Designs really took off six years ago when the Instagram account was created. As an artist, I wanted to use my creative skills to start a business to design logos and branded items for those starting a business as well as designing materials for special events such as weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, baptisms, etc. KM Designs creates a large range of beautiful and crisp designs. I am also part of the Cricut community, now designing Cake toppers, center pieces, banners, iron-ons and much more.
C+L: How do you balance a full time job as Senior Creative Manager as well as KM Designs?
KMD: It definitely gets challenging, but I find a way to make it work. I tend to work more during the weekends and always advise my clients about turnaround time. I also always make a task list for each month with all of the requests – it helps me stay organized and know when things are due.
C+L: It sounds like it can get stressful. What are some ways you put yourself in a positive mindset to achieve your business goals?
KMD: Working out is always my go-to. It really helps me reset and release any frustrations I have. Afterwards I have a clear mind and typically think of great new ideas. It’s so important to always make time for yourself to enjoy whatever makes you happy.
C+L: What do you love the most about what you do?KMD: I love making my clients vision come to life. It makes me so happy to see their reactions and how grateful they are. I'm also very proud of my repeat customer base. I’ve worked a with few on all of their special dates from an engagement, bridal shower, wedding, baby shower and 1st birthdays. It’s a beautiful thing to be witness these life moments.
C+L: If you could give a short piece of advice for someone looking to start a business, what would it be?
KMD: Two things-
1) Never low ball yourself. Know your worth and what you have to offer. You deserve it.
2) Three elements that lead to success are patience, communication and staying organized. If you can balance those three things, the odds are in your favor.
C+L: Where can someone find you if they want something designed?
KMD: My website is kmdesigns.co as well as on social media: IG Km_designs and FB Kmdesigns19