Kimberly Schwede Illustrator & Designer Name: Kimberly Schwede

Hometown: Redwood City, CA

Current Residence: San Francisco, CA

Education: B.A. Communication Design, Emphasis Graphic Design California State University Chico

Professional Background: Graphic Design, Illustration & Photography

What you wanted to be when you grew up: Dancer, Teacher or Artist

What you are: Artist!

Brief Summary of your Start Up: Freelance Whimsical Illustration & Graphic Design

Company Website? www.kimberlyschwede.com

What inspired you? Always loved to draw growing up

How long have you been in business? Freelancing since 2002 and working in design since 1998.

How did you fund it? Majority of my work is online plus I have a day job so little funding has been needed.

Do you have a Fairy Godmother (or Mentor)? Mom, Marti Somers and Kimberly Carlisle

Do you belong to any Business Organization or Networking Groups? no

Current Business Challenge? Keeping track of finances, book keeping

What are you doing about it? Become more organized

Favorite motivational quote: The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
-Buddha

Family? Single in the city

Favorite book?

1.) What should I do with my Life by Po Bronson
2.) The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail
McMeekin
3.) Roar Softly and Carry a Great Lipstick (28 women
writers on life, sex, and survival) Edited by Autumn
Stephens
What do you do to relax? Go to the gym, lay in the sun and go out with friends to hip new restaurants/bars.

What do you want to change most about your world? Meet Mr. Right, ha! =D

What are you most proud of? My freelance business

If you could design a tiara, what precious stones would you use? Diamonds

What advice would you like to offer other Start Up Princesses?
Be patient

Favorite Magic Wand (tool/resource)? Google

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