Today we’d like to introduce you to Bri Jacobs.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Bri. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I used to spend a lot of my childhood in San Pablo, CA, just outside of Richmond, to spend time with my late grandparents. My grandmother was an artist and she opened my eyes to the world of art. I use to draw fashion illustrations using her techniques and entered FIDM San Francisco immediately after high school with a major in Fashion Design. Ultimately I switched from a fashion major to a general graphic design focus and never looked back.
I pursued freelance graphic design as a way to make extra cash while I worked as an HR specialist to take care of my son. I hated the routine of working from 9-5 with little satisfaction, being told what to do, having anxiety about work and not being able to spend time with my child because of my work schedule and commute.
In 2018 I found out I was pregnant with my daughter and that she was going to be born with Spina Bifida, a neural tube defect that resulted in her spine not developing properly during pregnancy. In January 2019, I was rushed into emergency surgery to deliver her at 29 weeks and had to make the decision to pursue my graphic design passion full time or eventually return to my HR job. This was my out of a life that I hated. In April 2019, I decided I was never going back to a desk job and verbally notified my employer that they could expect me to not return. Best decision I ever made as I come up on my first year as a full-time designer. My kids give me the drive to push forward and I have never been so happy in my life to do what I love and have the freedom to control my life on my own terms.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not always been smooth. Actually, there have been many days that I wanted to give up and stick to my 9-5. In the beginning, I struggled with keeping retaining clients, having my work stolen, and struggling to keep up with my freelance work while also working a full-time job within the HR field and taking care of my son.
Now, as a single mother of 2, my main hurdle is time management and delegating tasks to others. It’s a worthy struggle.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Roze Loft story. Tell us more about the business.
The Roze Loft is a brand strategy and design agency that is predominantly geared towards start-up businesses owned by women. I lead a team of 2 junior designers to dish out gorgeous web and graphic designs to showcase the personalities behind brands.
We offer the following:
The Roze Loft is mostly known for minimalist designs and gorgeous websites. As a company, I am most proud of our ability to adapt to needs and secure solutions for struggling brands.
I tell it like it is and come with a “no-b.s.” approach. My brand is backed by my fiery personality and people tend to love that they can connect with me in a way that seems personable.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see a trend of more and more businesses being created as people begin to feel less secure with their jobs. My hope is that running a business becomes less of a trend however, being that the average business lasts for only 5-7 years. With The Roze Loft and the Roze Academy, I aim to fix this major deficit by equipping small business owners with affordable tools and means of education to make having a long term business feasible.
- Web Design – $1000
- Logo Design – $300
- Brand Package (web design included) – $2000
- Website: www.therozeloft.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/therozeloft
- Facebook: facebook.com/therozeloft