How to Grow Your Creative Design Business Organically

Episode 16

Rachel Pfeffer is the founder of Rachel Pfeffer Designs and also the co-founder of Stitchta (formerly Stitchtagram). She designs beautiful and quirky handmade jewelry in addition to running a creative business making pillows and bags with photos from Instagram and elsewhere.

In today’s interview, Rachel shared her journey from making jewelry in her bedroom to running two creative businesses online and offline. She talked about how to find the unique expression in the pieces she designed and shared insights on how to start and grow a creative business. Enjoy!

“Instead of contemplating for five months whether your business plan works, just start, test your product on the way, get your momentum going and grow from there.”

– Rachel Pfeffer

 

 


Rachel Pfeffer Designs

Studio location:

Studio 13, 716 Monroe St NE
Washington DC 20017
Email: pfeffer.rachel@gmail.com

Stitchta (formerly Stitchtagram)

Blog, Instagram, Facebook, Etsy, Twitter


Reference

Jewelryclassdc

Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love

Urban Outfitters

Uncommongoods

Big Cartel

Proper Topper

Intuit

Monroe Street Market

Soundwise: Audio Courses in Business and Personal Development

From Drum Teacher to Successful Music Studio Owner

Episode 9

My wonderful guest on the show today, Miles Ryan, started his business by teaching drum lessons in his living room with a make-shift website. He is now the proud owner of 7DrumCity, an amazing music studio in central DC and is inspiring people to live a creative and balanced life every day.

Miles will talk about how to find your niche by experimenting with ideas, the importance of execution, what it’s like to live a minimalist lifestyle and how that’s helped him to uncover what’s really important in life.

Just do it. That in itself sets you apart. If you wait till you’re a master, you’ll be dead.

– Miles Ryan

 


7DrumCity

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1506 North Capitol Street NW
Washington, DC 20002

Hours: Mon – Fri: 1pm – 10:00pm | Sat – Sun: 10am – 8pm

Reference

Weebly
DC Space Finder
Four Hour Work Week
E-Myth Revisited 
Art of the Start
Traction
Decisive
Vagabonding

How to Build A Successful Business Offering A Creative Experience

how to build a business offering a creative experience

Today on the show I interview Michael Clements, who is the founder and CEO of ArtJamz, an art studio in DC that makes a viable business out of inspiring people to be artistic. In this interview, Michael talks about how he bootstrapped the business with very little capital, how he created media buzz for ArtJamz and grew the business from nothing, and how to organize and sell tickets for your events when you have no sponsors and no customers.

It’s better to be in high-traffic locations and pay more rent than to pay cheaper rent at a place that’s out of the way. A lot of the nebulous marketing questions become obsolete when you’re in a really good location.”

– Michael Clements

 


ArtJamz

Locations:

Dupont Studio

1728 Conneticut Ave NWWashington, DC 20009

(202) 629-3780 | 

Our arty split level 2,000 sq ft studio is located in the heart of bustling and historic Dupont Circle in the Nation’s Capital just minutes north of the metro. Dining and art gallery options abound, so make a night of it! Tour studio.

Mon: Closed

Tues: 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Wed: 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Thurs: 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Fri: 6:30PM – 11:00PM

Sat: 12:30PM – 11:00PM

Sun: 12:30PM – 8:00PM

Brookland Studio

716 Monroe Street NE, Studio 24Washington, DC 20017

(202) 558-9859 | 

Located in The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market in up and coming Brookland NE, this 800 sq ft public art studio is surrounded by 26 other artist studios and plenty of dining options. Lots to explore! Located steps away from Brookland/CUA Metro Station.  Tour studio.

Mon: Closed

Tues: Closed

Wed: 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Thurs: 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Fri: 6:30PM – 11:00PM

Sat: 12:30PM – 11:00PM

Sun: 12:30PM – 8:00PM

ArtJamz Underground Studio

2105-B Crystal Plaza Arcade, Shops at 2100 Crystal DriveArlington, VA 22202

571-312-1285 | 

1,000 sq ft studio in Arlington, Virginia represents the newest version of our retail concept. Located in the heart of Crystal City’s vibrant Gallery Underground entertainment area with numerous dining options nearby. Conveniently metro accessible via Yellow and Blue line, Crystal City Station. Tour studio.

Hours:

Mon: Closed

Tues: Closed

Wed: 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Thurs: 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Fri: 6:30PM – 11:00PM

Sat: 12:30PM – 11:00PM

Sun: Closed


Reference

SceneSquid

Washington DC Economic Partnership