Why You Should Start Before You Are Ready

Why You Should Start Before You Are Ready


Cristina Castro Moral of Sombras Blancas Art & Design is not afraid of a challenge. Whether it's launching her own company in her early twenties, or starting that company in a country with a foreign language, her determination and willingness to try have helped her to succeed. Read on to see how Cristina approaches hurdles within her company, and her life, and what she loves about living on her own terms as an entrepreneur.

Hello! 

Hi! My name is Cristina, I’m 26 years old and I am from and live in Spain. I studied industrial design and classical guitar and I started learning the basics of graphic design at college.  I’ve never stopped since then. I am now the designer behind Sombras Blancas Art & Design.

Tell us what you do!

I offer branding services for small businesses and startups at an affordable price, mostly logo and website design but also marketing graphics and custom illustrations. I’ve always gravitated towards creative and artsy activities so this job is a dream come true for me. I do all my work online, communicating with my clients via email. That gives me the ability to work with people worldwide and being location independent. This adventure started some years ago when a friend of mine asked me to create a logo for a fair trade campaign he was preparing on our university. It was then when I realized I wanted to take it seriously. I started selling my premade logos and services on Etsy as a part-time occupation back in 2012. I’m now working as a full-time freelance designer and I’m so glad I took this route.

What do you love most about the lifestyle?

I love all aspects of what I do but I specially enjoy being in contact and working side by side with amazing business owners from whom I learn a lot every single day. Being able to organize my day as I want and to work on the go are also great advantages. I normally spend most of the week days at my home office but I like taking my laptop to a nice coffee shop from time to time.

Latest project

I normally work on many different projects at the same time. Right now, I’m creating a logo for an event management company, a logo and website for a holiday home in Italy, customizing pre-designed logos for several small business owners from Etsy and working on a website design for a 13-year-old girl who is starting her own shop and whose mother has hired my services. Additionally, I work with regular clients on marketing graphics, updates, website maintenance, etc. You can see some of my recently finished projects at my portfolio http://www.sombrasblancasdesign.com/work/

Signature

Start before you are ready.

Why?

Because there is no better way to learn all those things you have no clue how to accomplish. Researching and planning are great but they will never give you as much experience as trying by yourself.

Most inspiring person you have ever met so far and why?

It may sound cliché but those who have inspired me the most throughout this journey are my parents. Since I was little, they impressed on me a strong set of values such as working as hard as I can and being independent. That's what has driven me to where I am now.

One piece of advice you would give your younger self

Don’t be afraid of stepping out of the beaten path and taking the road less traveled.

Bravest thing you have ever had to do?

Trying to make a living online in a language that is not my mother tongue. I feel super comfortable with the situation now but it was pretty scary at the beginning!


Cristina Castro Moral is an entrepreneur and owner of Sombras Blancas Art & Design living in Spain. Keep up with Cristina via her website, Facebook, Twitter, Etsy Shop, Instagram or Pinterest! 

 

 

 


We Are Virtual Assistants
Find us on

We Are Virtual Assistants

We are Virtual Assistants is a community of talented, and inspired virtual assistants who harness the power of opportunity and experience renewed focus and motivation. Get access to industry expertise and resources in a user-friendly and engaging format, and learn the systematic approach to building a profitable virtual assistant business.
We Are Virtual Assistants
Find us on
My Journey From Corporate Employee To VA

My Journey From Corporate Employee To VA


The evolution of ones’ career is fascinating to me, and I love hearing inspiring stories of how people changed things up, or followed their passion. I also cringe when I…


How I Changed My Commute From 30 Minutes To 30 Seconds

How I Changed My Commute From 30 Minutes To 30 Seconds


I make my green smoothie each morning in a fancy glass blender, which reminds me of my old job every time. It was a gift from the world-renowned health and…


My VA Is An Integral Part Of My Business

My VA Is An Integral Part Of My Business


Alli Price is a work-at-home-mum (WAHM) with a passion for networking and support. An expert events-organiser and all-round superwoman, Alli was driven by her experience as a busy WAHM to…


Respecting Clients, And Why It Matters

Respecting Clients, And Why It Matters


I recently saw a post somewhere about the “eye rolling” test and how it accurately measures whether or not a couple will survive their marriage. With camera close-ups and a…


Ready to join a thriving virtual assistant community?

We’ll give you the tools, strategies and inspiration to harness the power of opportunity for FREE!