September 1st 2012 marks the 4yr anniversary of Effigy Design in Orillia.
It was 4 years ago today that I officially went to work for myself. A few month previous I had quit my job at a local sign shop,made some great connections (including a space to rent) and I was starting to have a pile of clients on my “TO DO” list. (5) at the time 🙂
Effigy Design consisted of nothing more than a 420 sq/ft industrial storage unit, located at 92 Barrie Rd. Complete with no windows, a leaky roof and and the occasional mouse or 7. My work station was a used folding table, a plastic lawn chair and my trusty black macbook (which I just retired today).
I operated like this for about six months until I could afford a proper desk, my 1st iMac and some things to hang on the wall. My client list kept growing and I kept meeting new people and the good work started to spread.
This year Effigy made some big leaps. My work load increased enough to justify hiring my 1st full time employee, another great designer Natasha Smith. We were able to move into a much nicer location thanks to the amazing Aaron Barton allowing me to be part of his skateboard park/ shop vision and having some extra office space to rent, and one of the biggest risks I took this year was finally getting something I had been dreaming of since I 1st started the business. My very own large format vinyl printer/plotter and laminator.
Its funny to look back over what seems like such a short period of time and reflect on all the things that Effigy has accomplished. I am very grateful for the people and clients I have met so far and I am even more excited to see what the future has in store. As a little reminder of how things started off for me and how great things can grow from small beginnings, I have included a picture of my “To Do” list from November of the first year I started.