On Sunday, I decided to share a little #fridayintroductions on my Instagram account. I know what you're thinking, #fridayintroductions are for Friday's. But, what can I say, I enjoy a little bit of organized chaos.
In an attempt to be more transparent in my business, I wanted to share a few well-hidden facts about Jordan Prindle | Designs. I try to share as much as I can about myself and my business on my blog, but I realized there is still a lot I haven't shared.
In this new post, I wanted to share a few random facts and tidbits to help you know my business a little better.
1 | My name isn't Jordan Prindle
I've been lying to you, but only because I'm lazy. My legal name is Jordan DeGidio.
If you've ever legally changed your name before, you know it's a real pain in the butt. I don't like dealing with legal documents, or anything grown-up for that matter, so I haven't changed my name. But, I promised Joey I would have it changed before our anniversary, which is next month.
Wish me luck!
2 | JPD is a honeymoon baby
I first started Jordan Prindle | Designs immediately after returning home from my honeymoon.
I had been juggling the idea of starting this business for months, before actually launching the business. One of the reasons I was putting it off was because I didn't want to call my business Jordan Prindle | Designs before I was officially Prindle. The irony is not lost on me.
A few other reasons included fear of failure and just generally not knowing how to run a business or find clients. But, going on a care-free trip helped me shake some of that off. I realized failure is inevitable, I have failed and I will fail again and that's okay.
3 | Entrepreneurs run in the family
Another little tidbit I haven't shared with the JPD community is that my (extended) family own an Italian restaurant called DeGidio's.
DeGidio’s was founded by my great grandpa Joe “Kid Bullets” DeGidio. He was a bootlegger during the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. When prohibition ended he took the money he'd earned and invested it into opening a bar and restaurant. It's still family owned and operated and located in St. Paul, Minnesota.
4 | It all started with an Etsy shop
When I got my first job post-college, I quickly learned it wasn't my dream job.
Although, I have learned and continue to learn a lot from my first job, I didn't find my passion there. So, I thought I'd open a little shop on Etsy. I started selling printable art and quickly learned, printable art was not for me.
That's when I discovered people offered brand design on Etsy and I immediately knew I found my market. With my experience in marketing and a major in Advertising, branding was right up my alley.
5 | I have a part-time job
Although, I get to work with amazing clients each month, I haven't taken JPD full-time. I work part-time for a small company (that first job I just mentioned), where I handle their marketing, design and web management.
You may be surprised to hear this, but I still don't have any plans to take JPD full-time for a few reasons.
One, I'm a nervous-nelly. I like a plan and freelancing often feels a lot like winging-it to me. So, I want to create a more stable income and business strategy before I take the leap.
Two, Joey and I are saving for a house and having JPD + my part-time gig helps us pad those wallets for this next step in our lives.
Three, I enjoy my part-time set-up. I can work in an office or from the couch or not work at all. It feels like the best of both worlds in a lot of ways.
Which of these well-hidden facts about Jordan Prindle | Designs did you find most surprising? Share them in the comments below! Or feel free to ask me any questions you have about JPD!