We had the good fortune of connecting with Ani Dominic and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ani, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Your business is YOURS, and it’s up to you to decide what you want it to look like. Be very specific about how you want your business to look and operate. Establish your policies and contract around that vision, making sure that your boundaries are clear, and the contract is iron clad. Don’t step outside of those boundaries for anything or anyone. Stand firm in your vision and know your worth. Negating your boundaries and making concessions will rarely ever be worth it. Ask me how I know lol.
What should our readers know about your business?
I offer budget conscious full service and virtual design to the Atlanta and surrounding metro areas. My business is a product of the pandemic, where as a single mom of an elementary school age child, I needed something that would offer me the flexibility to both work and be present for my son, who like many children at that time, were thrust into virtual learning. I have always had an affinity for design and had been wanting to pursue it as a career. I began to dabble with a few project opportunities in 2018-19, but I decided to go full time in 2020. Each project has presented new challenges and I’ve been able to find the lessons in those challenges and apply them to future projects.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Breakfast at First watch is a must! I’m north of the city, so we’d have to hit up Avalon to peruse the shops, have lunch at true food kitchen, followed by ice cream and Jenny’s. I am definitely not the club or lounge friend so a trip to the Illuminarium, henna in Little Five Points, and dinner at Two Urban Licks is more my speed.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
As a self taught designer, I had to dive in with both feet and learn by doing. It only makes sense to shout out my clients who took a chance on me, granted me grace through hiccups, and offered constructive criticism that I’ve used to make necessary adjustments, and show up better going forward. Entrepreneurship is challenging to say the least. I’ve learned to fail forward. My missteps are valuable lessons, and working with so many different personalities has helped me to manage my expectations, as well as adapt to unforeseen circumstances.
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