Women often struggle with the choice between earning a steady paycheck outside the home or finding a way to stay with their children and make money where they live. Jill Crawford stood at that bridge of life. She took a long look at the where she could fall and decided to take the proverbial leap of faith.
It was scary and uncertain, Crawford said, to go from being a corporate graphic designer to launching Crawford Designs, LLC, in 2006. "It's definitely not easy, a huge commitment to go out on your own and start a business from scratch," said Crawford. "I can say I have no regrets. I love it."
A natural artist from the time she finger painted as a child, Crawford now operates a thriving website design business from her dining room table. Instead of a view of York from the Caskey Group office building, Jill gazes out on the vast farmland between Gettysburg and New Oxford that was originally her grandparents'.
Crawford's website portfolio, available by logging on to www.crawforddesignsllc.com, is considerable - Conewago Valley School District, H.A.R.T Center, Codori Memorials, Immaculate Conception School, McIlhenny Banners, Irishtown Fire Company and many more.
..."I remember being in art school (Bradley Academy), and we were asked to write a time capsule of where we saw ourselves in 15 years. I wanted to be married, have two kids and my own business. It can happen if you want it badly enough."
Brian and Jill Crawford built a home on the family farmland of William and Annie Orendorff where Jill grew up, the daughter of Patrick and Janet Staub. A graduate of Delone Catholic, Jill not only conducts daily business from home, she manages typical, traditional household responsibilities and raises Brock, 13, and Hannah, 11, with Brian, who works at Krosaki Magnesita Refractories in York.
..."This industry is very feast or famine. There are times when it is very stressful. I'm a deadline-oriented person, which really helps. I get twice as much done here on my own than I ever did at any company. I know how to manage what needs to be done. If you set a daily plan and follow it, you will be OK."
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Original Article Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013
By Ken Picking For the Gettysburg Times
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