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Christie Goodfellow rolls clay on a pottery wheel. Owner of CG Ceramics, U.S. Bank Customer.

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Just starting my business was a huge risk. I left a comfortable, full-time job to make pottery and hope that people would buy it. I took a leap, each step gaining confidence with, like, yeah, OK, I'm selling my work. People are buying it. Maybe I could really do this.

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She sits in her shop in front of shelves of completed ceramics. She shapes numerous bowls on the pottery wheel. Text, U.S. Bank presents. A bowl with hashtag talk shop engraved on the bottom appears.

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I was in a program where you U.S. Bank partnered with an arts organization. And I was paired with mentors.

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Christie looks at her website on a laptop

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I was sort of at the point where I felt like I really needed to sit down and map out what I was going to do to create a more sustainable business. It's valuable to have experts that have experience with banking and not feel like you need to be an expert at everything when you start out.

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Text, Get guidance and advice from experts. Christie shapes a bowl on the potter's wheel in fast motion. Text, Have separate savings and operating accounts.

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Something that I discussed with my banker was creating a savings checking account for taxes or something that I don't use on a day-to-day basis and an operating account for money that's coming in and out more frequently.

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Christie details the pottery with her finger on the wheel. Text, Giving up control can help you grow.

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Sometimes you just have to relinquish control to be able to grow your business. So for me, that was hiring an assistant and being able to develop processes that somebody else could be involved in.

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Christie talks with an assistant and measures a bowl. The assistant pours material into a mixing bowl.

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Be deliberate about what you're doing.

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Christie carries finished products to a new table. Text, Go with your gut.

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And also go with your gut.

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Christie puts completed bowls and mugs on a long table

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I still always want to feel like I'm happy to be at potter's wheel making a pot. But when I'm standing there doing that, I feel really good about something.

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Christie smiles and stands beside her equipment. U.S. Bank logo, The power of possible. Equal Housing Lender. Eligibility requirements and restrictions apply. Fees may apply. Deposit and credit products offered by U.S. Bank National Association. Member FDIC.

 

Talkshop: How not being the expert and risk-taking can help you grow

A potter and business owner shares her story of how risk-taking helped her grow.

Tags: Business loans, Goals, Planning, How to, Be prepared
Published: August 15, 2018

Christie Goodfellow of CG Ceramics left her comfortable fulltime job to start her business.  Learn how she feels managing her business finances, becoming more efficient and growing by taking risks has been instrumental in her success.

 

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