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/ Page 2 Motivate Design
is a user experience staffing, research and design shop, founded in 2009. M Y C O M PA N Y First, what I started Moderated Do-It-Yourself Workshops How it looks How It works Design Discovery Validation Research Full-time Contract Staffing
/ Page 4 DO GREAT
WORK Don’t think of everything in terms of return. Put forth your best work and the money will follow. TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS In the long run, being kind will get you farther than any business strategy. We were able to grow organically, through repeat work and word-of-mouth, because we are nice people. MAKE MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS Don’t write people off just because they can’t do anything for you at the moment. I’ve found some of my best employees and favorite clients through connections that I least expected to lead to business. You never know! W I S H # 1 Business karma trumps a business plan Business Plan Business Karma
/ Page 6 I knew
I didn’t know everything, and sometimes thinking about how much I didn’t know held me back. I would compare myself to other people who seemed to know more than me (or so I thought). I asked questions and found out they felt just as scared and insecure as I was. I NEED TO KNOW: W I S H # 2 Nobody knows everything What I do know and focus on that What I believe in, and what I’m willing and not willing to do. What I want so I know where I’m going. What I want to leave behind, so I know what I’m building.
/ Page 10 As a
founder, I originally had to do “everything”, but that doesn’t mean I wanted to. I learned my real job was to find people who do certain jobs better than me. DEDICATED EMPLOYEES Take Finance. I sent invoices when I felt like it. Apparently that’s not the way to do it. So, I found dedicated people who not only send invoices routinely and on time, but like to create projections and financial models. They truly help me understand how to run an efficient, profitable business. W I S H # 4 Find people that are better than me My Job Now Things I love Necessary things I don’t love
/ Page 12 Two months
after founding Motivate Design, I found out I was pregnant. TWO KIDS LATER Havingkidsforcedmetochangemybusinessfromonethatneededmyconstantattentiontoonethatcouldrun withoutme.WhenIreturnedtoworktofindthatmyteamwasdoinggreat,IrealizedIhadroomtocreateanew job because they were doing my old one better than I was! W I S H # 5 Having kids will propel my business Motivate Design founded First kid changed my business to one that could run without me Focus on sales New partners Second kid 2009 2016 Hired new team Wrote a book Plan for growth New office TEDx