"My name is Diana, Founder of SampleHAUS. I create unique and one of a kind art work from interior design waste and discontinued marketing samples. I’ve always been an artist, since I could remember, but never pursued it because of the “Starving Artist” ideology. I was inspired to start a business in the arts while working at an interior design firm.
We would work with vendors that would offer one of a kind furniture pieces, accessories, hand woven textiles, and hand painted wall-covering. That’s when it clicked. These “vendors” were artist disguised as a business! They had a website, catalog, and price list, but a lot of them were small businesses consisting of themselves and a small team of people. These artist were not starving, they were thriving, and I thought to myself, so can I.
Starting a business is a lot of hard work and could be daunting at times.  Being an artist while trying to run a business is very challenging. No artist wants to do admin work and “run the numbers"! Luckily, there’s an unlimited supply of tools to educate yourself and make the road smoother along the way. I listen to a lot of podcast, mostly on changing your mindset. Once you believe you can, you’ll figure out how, then take action.
The biggest regret I have is not believing in myself to start sooner. Our mind is so powerful, if you believe you can’t, you won’t, but if you believe you can, you will. It’s that simple.
In 5 years I see myself fully emerged in SampleHAUS. Hopefully having my own brick & mortar store, offering classes, collecting excess material before it hits the landfills, and working with artist around the world up-cycling to create beautiful things."
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