With the continued COVID-19 pandemic and the swap from in-person lessons to digital studying, some college students have used artistic methods to fill their time. One CSUSM scholar, Stacey Trejo, has taken her extra time to jumpstart a small enterprise.
Trejo, a senior felony justice main, has spent the previous few months constructing a strawberry adorning enterprise referred to as Strawberries by Stacey. This concept got here to her randomly final Could, and since then she has amassed over 700 followers on her enterprise’ Instagram page.
As soon as Trejo realized she wished to promote strawberries, she labored straight away to place her enterprise on the market. Her enterprise’ development has surpassed her expectations.
The job didn’t come simply at first. “It’s taken me quite a lot of observe,” stated Trejo. “To start with, if [the strawberries] weren’t the prettiest or they weren’t the nicest I’d evaluate my work to different peoples’ work.”
Trejo stored working towards till she turned glad with the product. Her enchancment speaks for itself; the entire strawberries on her social media web page look each lovely and scrumptious.
When asked about how virtual learning has affected the balance between working and school, Trejo said that it has made time management easier. She has multiple asynchronous classes, allowing her to designate time outside of her ordering schedule to focus on schoolwork. Additionally, both virtual learning and her business allow her to work from home, which eases the pressure of having to commute anywhere daily.
Since she is graduating soon, Trejo said that she is unsure whether to expand her business after earning her diploma because she plans to pursue a master’s degree. Still, she is open to the possibility if time permits her.
When asked about offering advice to students who may be considering starting a small business, Trejo said to “just go for it.”
Trejo expressed the importance of growing at one’s own pace, as intimidation can hinder a person from pursuing their passions. She advised to not be afraid to learn throughout your experience. “You [will] learn how to be confident in yourself, you’ll learn how to communicate with others, you will learn how to manage a small business, learn about your profits, your losses,” she said. She added that patience is key when starting because success is earned over time.
Additionally, Trejo advised to “be prepared to invest in yourself, invest in what you’re doing,” as people are only interested in good quality work. Providing your best effort is a must in any specialty.
Trejo surely practices what she preaches because as of now, her orders are completely booked until late February.
For future interest in orders, follow her Instagram page @strawberriesbystacey.
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