I had the pleasure of interviewing Angel from Studio 404 recently about her life and business. You might remember her from her contribution to my One Word Inspiration series where she wrote about capturing inspiration. If you have not yet heard of Angel or her shop, you must visit immediately. I have been a fan of Angel’s shop and her blog for a long time now and I’m always impressed with the work she puts out. She shared with me her favorite aspects of running her own business, handling work-life balance, and even some hints about exciting news to come.
What is the most rewarding part of running your own business?
I love being able to work with people who are passionate about their businesses. Small business owners make the best clients.
How do you handle the challenges of work-life balance, especially when you work alongside your husband?
I think the biggest work-life balance challenges I have is managing all relationships. My husband and I have worked together for almost the entirety of our relationship so we work well together. I’m just learning to integrate my friends into my work life and having them understand how being self-employed works. It’s not terribly difficult but it can be challenging when it comes to schedules!
What is your favorite item in the Studio 404 shop?
It’s the holidays so I’m absolutely loving the Merry & Bright card! It’s absolutely one of my favorites.
Any advice for young creatives just starting to think about “opening up shop” or taking their craft to the market?
Be sure to know how much time you want to dedicate! My paper shop is sort of my passion project so I know I can’t focus 100% on it but when I do, I dedicate the time it needs. When I put in more time, I see better results.
Do you have anything new headed our way? If so, can we get some hints?
I do! I’ve been dropping hints on Dribbble but I’m excited to see this project launch.