Terry Ratzlaff

 

Photographer, Bookmaker

1. What did or does starting look like for you?

The start of my bookmaking looked rough.  I began with no instruction or guidance and just made them how I thought was right.  I was pretty far off. Over the months that followed, I took a more methodical approach and began to learn properly and traditionally.

2. How did you know you needed to start?

When the thought of something becomes insatiable, that's the best time to start.

3. Looking back, what struggle are you most grateful for?

The struggle for perfection.  One has to be precise when making books, down to the millimeter.  Once you realize corners cannot be cut, that's when it all starts to make sense.

4. What’s one resource you would share with someone who is wanting to start?

The resource of experience I'd say.  Passion comes from experience and starting something comes from desire.  Live it, learn it, start it.

 

Glenys Bosman

 

Owner of Hello My Deer

1. What did or does starting look like for you?

Starting is an everyday choice. It's not allowing the excuses, big or small to get in the way of your dream. I was tired of talking about it and not doing anything to make it happen.

2. How did you know you needed to start?

I had been dreaming about starting my Jewelry business for years and allowed fears to get in the way. I thought I had to have everything perfectly in place to start and realized that I had to just go for it and learn along the way.

3. Looking back, what struggle are you most grateful for?

I'm grateful for the times my resources and opportunities were few. It was in those struggles I found the motivation to push forward and see steps taken in the right direction. You have to trust in that process. The struggle is not over and I have a lot to learn still but the key is to START and continue to do so.

4. What’s one resource you would share with someone who is wanting to start?

"Launch your Dream" by Dale Partridge is an awesome book with practical ways to help put your dreams into actions! Also, surround yourselves with people with the same goals and who have gone through the steps to achieve their goals.

 

Jason Wagnon

Owner of Sew Hard Custom Sewing & FABRICATIONS

 

1. What did or does starting look like for you? 

I think it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking I’ve “started” something because I’ve thought of it, or made some incremental step towards a goal without actually committing to anything.  I think commitment is the difference between “starting” something and “dabbling” in it. Going for an occasional run doesn’t mean you’ve started training for a marathon - that happens when you establish a routine, have a race to train for, and are committed to finishing!  

2. How did you know you needed to start?

I’ve been sewing as a hobbyist for five-plus years, and I’ve made things for people, and people have paid me.  I suppose I could just keep doing that (or stop at anytime), but all my life I’ve wanted to build a business of my own - even if it’s a tiny, part-time thing.  Since my wife and I moved back to Florida this year, it seemed to me that it was a good time to ride that wave of change and make 2017 the year that I make Sew Hard a real thing!

3. Looking back, what struggle are you most grateful for?

For a 20-month period in 2011/2012, I was either un- or under-employed.  Sitting in our apartment with nothing to do, I started playing around with my wife’s old sewing machine, and then started posting sewing videos to YouTube.  It was a cathartic way to provide some purpose to my life while I wasn’t working.  Not working was tough, but that time period, while challenging, provided the opportunity and motivation to do something that has profoundly changed my life for the better!

4. What’s one resource you'd share with someone wanting to start?

This is going to sound obvious, but it’s so obvious it hides in plain sight sometimes - the internet!  We have the collected knowledge of the entire world in our pockets all the time!  When you need motivation, information or support, you can find it.  SOMEONE knows what you need to know, and they’ve put it on the internet somewhere.  Social media is great, but go seek knowledge from that magical box in your pocket!  

Allow me to give an example of what I mean: I’m making a bag for my brother, in a particular type and color of fabric that is not commonly available.  My usual supplier stopped carrying that color.  Googling the type and color of fabric initially didn’t help, until I switched to an image search and found an image of a color swatch for the fabric.  Clicking “visit page” led me to a fabric supplier (literally on the other side of the country) I had never heard of, who not only had what I needed, but lots of other stuff, too!  I have no idea how I would have found them in any other way. Learn to navigate the interwebs!