MyMotherHustle Story - Ari Krzyzek
“Running a business with your spouse isn’t easy. Our first few years were a total mess, but we learned along the way.” Here’s Ari Krzyzek’s #MyMotherHustle Story.

 When and how did you begin your business? Give us the backstory!

Back in 2008, while still living in Bali-Indonesia, I was working at a major hospitality & entertainment company as a graphic design assistant. I was paid $250 per month. When my fiance–now husband– found out about this, he suggested that I freelance for design projects.

Fascinated with this idea of being a freelance designer, I quit my day job a few weeks after. My parents were furious, as they are traditional minded and thought it was the “safe” job for me. After a month or two, they finally let it go and tried their best to support me. A few years later, in 2011, I moved from Bali to Chicago and built my own design and marketing company with my husband. I get to work on many fun design projects that I have always wanted to do, from branding to packaging. And when UI/UX design started making waves in the digital design industry, I taught myself to learn about it and got my opportunity to work on web and mobile app designs. Today, six years later, we still run the business together with our 2 years old boy running around the home office, learning and playing with us. 🙂

Tell us a little about your family.

I co-own the company with my husband. Running a business with your spouse isn’t easy. Our first few years were a total mess, but we learned along the way. Other than the two of us, we have our 3-year-old husky puppy, and a 2-year-old boy who is in total adventure mode.

What were the biggest challenges you’ve faced or lessons you’ve learned since starting your business?

Collaborating with your spouse was a big one, which we are starting to get better at. Another one is saying no to a project/lead that doesn’t fit with our business goal/mission/vision.

How does motherhood affect or influence your business? Your creativity?

In the beginning, it mainly affecting my work schedule. I soon realized how work-life-balance is a total myth, especially when you’re a parent running your own business. So, often times today, I build my schedule around my kid’s schedule. As for creativity, it doesn’t affect me or my business too much. Being a creative myself, my creativity comes from different source than motherhood; for example, I go to regular creative women events that I host and a few select networking events that help me get some inspiration.

What advice would you give to a brand-new creative entrepreneur?

Be patient. There’s no such a thing as overnight successes. Take your time to learn, build meaningful relationships, and execute your business goals bit by bit.

What advice would you give to a brand-new mom?

Be flexible with your schedule. Things won’t always follow your plan, so relax. You can always work around it. 😉

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Co-founder, creative director and chief designer of Chykalophia, Ari Krzyzek implements powerful branding strategies to provide distinctive designs for maximum impact via web, mobile and/or print. Additionally, she founded and hosts Creative Women’s Co., serving as design consultant, mentor and professional peer in support of fellow female entrepreneurs. Find her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

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