You learn business lessons early on when you grow up in a family operation, and when you have an opportunity to work for an entrepreneur. You get the sort of education that college courses, seminars and books don’t teach—the hard knocks stuff, the hands-on work that ultimately creates a foundation for your career. Experiences in two completely different work lives—at Dad’s manufacturing company and a marketing communications firm—shaped who I am today as a business owner and designer.
Like most web designers, I used to be an engineer and own a manufacturing company. Okay, it wasn’t a traditional path, but it has proven helpful, particularly for our industrial clients.