Name of business: Barron Design Co. in Newcomerstown.
Facebook: Barron Design Co.
Been in business: Four years
Owner: Amy and Mitch Barron, Owners; Amy Barron, Designer
Services Offered: Barron Design offers one of a kind signs for a client’s home décor, business, or as gifts for friends and loved ones. A specialty is creating one of a kind personal signs for wedding and baby shower gifts. I love forming groupings for an entire wall area. I take your ideas and turn them into a unique finished product, but I can also design something very exclusive with just a few hints from my customer.
How do you like to be contacted? You can contact us through email, Facebook messaging or Instagram message.
Newcomerstown couple turning a hobby into a growing business
Q: Please tell us a little about your skills as related to crafting.
Amy: I truly can’t remember a time when I was not crafting. My family is full of talented crafters, chefs, bakers, and more. My mother, Natalie Miller, and grandmother, the late Sue Miller, spent a lot of time with my three sisters and I working on fun crafting projects when we were youngsters, as it was a hobby we all enjoyed together. My parents currently own Dick’s Place Restaurant in Newcomerstown, and our entire family assists the family business in one capacity or another.
After marrying Mitch four years ago, I knew I wanted to be a full-time mother, but also provide income for my family. With earning both degrees in accounting and business and with being a very invested part of the family business, I felt I had a lot of knowledge in owning a business and especially customer service.
After making the decision to work from home; I knew I wanted to focus on something I was already passionate about, thus Barron Design was born, and became my new enterprise.
Q: What’s the best thing about owning your own business?
Amy: I am a mom of three — Zoey, Cy, and Jasper. Zoey will be in the fourth grade at Newcomerstown for 2019. Cy will start preschool this fall, and Jasper will soon follow, however, working from my home allows me to finish projects when the boys are napping or after all three kiddos are asleep. It helps me to be flexible, but not miss out on their activities, and quality time with my husband and family.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge of operating your part-time business?
Amy: The challenges have been good challenges. With the new equipment Mitch and I have purchased comes new computer programs, converting files, etc. I have tackled each of these with zest, and they have only made my designs even more exceptional and distinctive.
I am also in the process of setting-up my own website and now that is a challenge. I am taking it one step at a time, and getting advice from others. I hope to have that up and running very soon. Having a website will give customers another avenue to find my offerings, and be able to purchase on-line.
Q: What would you like to highlight or share?
Amy: It is so rewarding to be able to focus on a hobby that has now become a business for me. I have always been passionate about creating crafts and signs from scratch and now I am doing this all on my own. I start with the idea in my head, build the sign, myself, and personalize it. Mitch and I have purchased some really cool equipment to enhance my signs, and I am able to do 3D imaging. These 3D creations have become a very popular item for my clients. In addition, I am constantly changing and adding to my line of products which always keeps me fresh, and aware of the latest sign trends.
Customers can have their own ideas or I can design them. I often sketch my customer’s order and send for approval to make sure I am designing exactly what my customer had in mind for their home, business or special gift.
My clientele are repeat shoppers, and they have all become friends. I love all the people I have become acquainted with through Barron Design.
My very favorite part of this endeavor is when clients post on Facebook or share pictures of how they have used their signs or grouping. A lot of times, I am originating a series of signs to go in a certain setting, and seeing the finished product in a home or business brings a smile to my face, and I know I made the right decision in making a hobby a dream come true profession.
Please visit my Facebook page — Barron Design — to see the many pictures I have posted of example items. These will give you an idea of past projects, but I am never scared to try something new. My joy comes from seeing your happiness with the transformation of the finished product, and your pictures on Facebook, Instagram, etc. I encourage everyone to pursue their passion as I have — you won’t regret it for a second. Freelancing brings me great contentment.
COMPILED BY KRISTIE WILKIN