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When businesses began to close because of the spread of COVID-19, my husband and I were on spring break vacation visiting my family at home. While at home, my parents told me that I should think about offering graphic design services to some local businesses to try and help in any way I could. I didn’t even think about doing this. I knew I would be busy with work once I got back since we were about to begin our busiest time of the year. I thought about it more and decided offering my services couldn’t hurt. I didn’t follow a bunch of small businesses or even knew anyone starting their own business and because of this, I just assumed I would get a couple people who wanted a logo or some art for their home. So, I got on my laptop and designed some graphics to post on my social media accounts.

To my surprise, I got TONS of messages about doing work! Some from friends of friends, small businesses and even clients I’ve worked with before. I was shocked. I didn’t think this would attract very many people, but I kept getting messages even weeks after.

The projects I was asked to do came in a wide range:

- t-shirt and mug designs for a local coffee shop

- advice and suggestions for a business’ current website and how to get more revenue during this time

- website for a guy selling shark tooth jewelry

- website for a coach offering her services

- portfolio site for a former co-worker

- a logo for a church

- branding and a website for at home pastors

As you can see, I have been able to keep plenty busy with these projects and more during this quarantine time and have been so grateful for it. Once more and more of our normal life began to shut down, I didn’t think I would be doing any work for months until this was over. Because of the idea my parents had, I have been able to keep up with my skills, learn some new Adobe apps and even freshen up my personal branding. I have been more inspired to create for fun rather than just creating to get paid. I have loved seeing the results of these projects and have made some great connections. I have received such grateful messages and appreciation for my offer and the projects I’ve done. It has helped me build confidence in myself and skills that I can offer.

As a freelance designer trying to grow my small business, this has helped beyond anything else I’ve done. This allowed me to build more relationships, which is what I ultimately want, as well as expanding my skill set so that I can do more in the future.

If you would like to see some of the recent work I did, check out my portfolio. I'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback!

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