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Entrepreneur Story: The Journey of Starting a Business As A Graphic Designer

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

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Posted by Shalisha Pikel.

Shalisha is the founder of Pikel Designs. Her business passions focus on turning your creative vision into reality with design solutions.

 


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What's my story?

The Journey of Starting a Business As A Graphic Designer

As an artistic and creative woman, my story began like any other with an insatiable passion for expressing myself through art. Throughout school, I knew my talent was special, and I was determined to find a purpose. However, life had challenges, and difficult hearing from a young age significantly affected my learning journey. Yet, I remained competitive and found solace in sports. Despite facing the heartache of failing a grade while my friends moved on, I never allowed it to define me. Instead, it fueled my determination to improve, excel academically, and put my whole heart into everything I did.


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In grade 10, my life took a transformative turn when I was introduced to Photoshop. It ignited a spark within me, revealing the path I wanted to pursue after graduation. Enrolling in the Graphic Design Program at Nova Scotia Community College was a dream come true – a chance to turn my passion into a fulfilling career that I'd never tire of. Despite my professor's caution about the challenges of freelancing, I was determined to prove that I could make it as a designer.


After college, I was thrilled to be hired by a startup company, where I immersed myself in marketing and creative tools. Although I loved designing for other businesses on the side, life's twists led me to switch jobs to make ends meet. It was a time of uncertainty, but then fate brought me to Monkedia, a design agency in Halifax NS, Canada, that felt like destiny. There, I eagerly absorbed every aspect of serving clients, even though I lacked knowledge of the business side. This job brought immense happiness into my life, and I finally felt content.


Then came the challenges of 2022, with the pandemic impacting businesses and causing layoffs. In search of stability, I ventured into the mortgage industry, eventually becoming a licensed Mortgage Broker partnering with Mortgage HFX powered by Premiere Mortgage. I realized I could leverage my creative skills for marketing, and that's when I found my niche. Although I was doing mortgages, my passion for design grew stronger, and I saw the opportunity to help other professionals with their businesses.



Today, I am the marketing manager for my team at Mortgage HFX and wholeheartedly embrace my role as a full-time Designer for my business, Pikel Designs. This journey of starting a business has been more than just a passion; it's my calling, and my purpose in life. I never saw myself as an entrepreneur nor did I know what it meant until I wanted to help businesses grow through my services. I am committed to going above and beyond to serve my clients and their businesses, armed with the knowledge of the right way, valuable networking, and strategies to surpass my competitors.


In every step of this challenging and rewarding journey, I've learned to listen to my heart and do the work to get to where I need to go. It's not just about doing the work; it's about making a meaningful impact and leaving a mark in the world through my creativity and dedication to my clients.


Thank you for listening to my story!


I would love to hear from you.


- Shalisha Pikel



Have Questions?

Pikel Designs your Halifax Website Designer | The Journey of Starting a Business As A Graphic Designer

When you choose to collaborate with me, you are choosing a partner who understands the uniqueness of design. Let's work together to create visual representations that truly reflect your identity and captivate your audience.


Book a call with Shalisha today, and let's start building your digital masterpiece! Your website journey begins here.





 

Pikel Designs your Halifax Website Designer | The Journey of Starting a Business As A Graphic Designer

Posted by Shalisha Pikel.

Shalisha is the founder of Pikel Designs. Her business passions focus on turning your creative vision into reality with design solutions.


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