Read on to find out what Margaret’s creative process looks like, the worst advice she’s ever received, and so much more.
Party Mountain’s growth has definitely been a rollercoaster. When I launched our Etsy store we had around 20 orders in our first month and by month 3 we had hit 700 sales. That growth meant I had to learn a lot and I had to learn it fast. This has been a total crash course in business. I had to learn about shipping, taxes, social media strategy, bookkeeping, inventory management and we grew so fast that I had to learn them all on my feet and tackle challenges head-on as they arose.
I was working as a server at the time and had no plans of this becoming anything but a fun side hobby, but pretty soon I devoted myself to it full time because the demand was there and there was just so much to do.
I usually start with an idea; I’m either watching or listening to something and I think of a pun or wordplay and write it down. I have a list of card ideas and I need to carry it around with me because I found that if I think of a great idea and don’t write it down, I will just forget it forever. Having a notebook is my number one necessity – I’ve lost many great ideas by not writing them down. After I know what I want the card to say, I usually plan out the visuals by looking for reference pictures and sketching.