Small Business Spotlight: Gold Standard Studio

Microstroke brows by Sara Pedrosa. © Gold Standard Studio.

Microstroke brows by Sara Pedrosa. © Gold Standard Studio.

MEET THE OWNERS OF GOLD STANDARD STUDIO:

Res Nova Law is kicking off 2017 by celebrating local business owners in our new Small Business Spotlight series. This month, we interviewed Meg Adamson and Sara Pedrosa, two women entrepreneurs who co-own Gold Standard Studio in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Meg and Sara teamed up in 2016 to create a beautiful space where they could grow their creative and business skills, and to provide popular services for the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington metro areas.

TAKING FULL CONTROL OF THEIR CAREERS:

Meg—a successful independent artist and tattooer—was ready to grow her solo endeavor into a larger-scale business. Likewise, Sara—a talented aesthetician and cosmetic tattooer—was ready to take full control of her career and be her own boss. The two Portland creatives knew they’d make great business partners due to having a similar vision for their business: they both wanted more from their careers. More ability to shape and control their own brand, more creative freedom, and full control over their work environment and schedules. They also wanted to create a space where their clients of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, countries of origin, and abilities can feel safe, comfortable, and accepted.

Meeting wonderful new people every week who tell me how comfortable they feel and how much they have enjoyed their experience in our little studio makes me feel like the most successful person in the world.
— Meg Adamson
Tattoo designs / illustrations by Meg Adamson. © Gold Standard Studio.

Tattoo designs / illustrations by Meg Adamson. © Gold Standard Studio.

STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS ISN'T EASY, BUT IT'S WORTH IT:

Meg and Sara have done an incredible job starting their own business, but branching out on your own can be scary. Meg’s biggest roadblocks when it came to starting Gold Standard Studio were making sure all of the paperwork was in order. From business licensing, to liability insurance, to lease agreements, to taxes and financial bookkeeping—“making sure everything possible was covered was the biggest headache.” On top of the seemingly endless paperwork, Sara had to make the difficult decision to leave the comforts of her great job. Luckily, it’s all paid off so far and has been a very rewarding experience for both owners of Gold Standard Studio.

All of my hard work, time, energy, and money have made [Gold Standard Studio] what it is right now, and will hopefully grow it more.
— Sara Pedrosa

Always working toward business growth:

So what’s next for Gold Standard Studio? This small business has big business goals—they’re already thinking about how to grow their business and working toward moving into a bigger art space eventually.

The dream is to create a space for a broader spectrum of art and to collaborate with more artists, not a typical ‘shop’ atmosphere in any sense. And also more plants.
— Meg Adamson

And we’ll leave you with some business advice from these successful entrepreneurs:

Sara: “Do it (but don't quit your day job yet). I worked in the salon full time and built Gold Standard on the side. I worked a lot for months until I felt comfortable to leave the salon and just focus on Gold Standard. I truly feel if you really love what you do and believe in it, people will come. It will take time but it will happen.”

Meg: “Do the math, every little bit, and save at least 25% more than you think you need because there will be surprises. Follow your heart and don't mimic what you perceive to be success. You're going to stress cry but that's okay.”


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