We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I always had in the back of my mind that I wanted to work for myself some day, I didn’t expect to go out on my own so early but I’m glad I did. It took a few years to build things up to where I needed them to succeed, and that’s a lot easier to do when you’re young and don’t have too many other commitments – financial or otherwise. Like most people, I’d worked for others since I was a teenager. I was lucky to have many talented mentors in the industry, but I also had some experiences that really pushed me towards wanting to be my own boss. I’m a pretty balanced person in terms of being right and left brained, I know how to create a process that works well and how to fulfill it in a time frame. When working with a larger firm, there were a lot of times I felt micromanaged by superiors and cut off from clients in a way that didn’t allow projects to reach their fullest potential. It’s a pretty complex industry, with a lot of moving parts and people. With my own business, I didn’t want to put so many barriers between myself and the end users. For me, the most important elements of a design are often very nuanced. They are the things that a client won’t outright say they want, but I’ll be able to infer I should put the idea in front of them. Or there will be something about the potential use in a new space or the way people were using their old space that informs the new design. The end result is a project that goes above and beyond their expectations, which is what I always strive for.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My company is Rose Studio Interiors, I provide commercial interior design services for startups and small businesses. We’re a little different because we focus primarily on commercial spaces of any size, and dive deep into things like concept and branding, as well as full scope construction, materials and commercial furniture. I’m most proud of all the different types of projects we’ve worked on over the years. Starting your own company is not for the faint of heart, even after a few years in business there are a lot of ups and downs that are impossible to anticipate (like a pandemic that affects the future of your industry). You have to be able to roll with things and change course. My brand has always been about helping businesses thrive through design, so I’m looking forward to adapting our process and designs to whatever’s next.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in South Park and it’s always been my favorite part of the city, in the last few years we’ve gotten a few new restaurants and shops. Communal Coffee has a great outdoor space in what used to be a Christmas tree lot, and Curryosity is a new Indian food restaurant that is a perfect place to take guests. One of my favorite places to walk my dog is the trail at Lake Murray in La Mesa, and there are lots of other great nature spots further East. Glorietta Park in Coronado is another favorite. Many of my friends are creative entrepreneurs, and the rural and coastal beauty of our city is a great source of inspiration.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents. I can think of a few different times in the beginning where I was ready to give up and go a completely different direction. But they always told me to just try and hang on until the last possible second, and every time – things turned around.
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