Confession: I Never Wanted to be an Entrepreneur (or Tales of an Accidental Entrepreneur)

It’s confession time.

My name is Nicki Ong and I’m an accidental entrepreneur.

In 2011, after I’d made the decision to move from snowy Maine to sunny Florida, I felt incredibly lucky. I was going to be able to keep my digital marketing job and work remotely.

The Conundrum

But just 6 months later, the company realized they needed someone in-house (totally don’t blame them!) and my hours were drastically reduced and I was going to slowly get phased out.

So I had two choices. I could either:

  1. Get another job.
  2. Figure out how to make it on my own.

The best of both worlds

Since I’m never one to go completely by the book, I decided on a mix of both options: I got several part-time jobs and freelanced on the side.

Fast forward to 2013, my freelancing work was increasing and I had another decision to make: start a business (for real) or keep playing small.

This time, I jumped in with both feet.

The business launch

I quit all of my part-time jobs and I launched red vine web studio (a web design/development and digital marketing company) with my insanely talented web developer brother.

I always knew I might eventually start a business, but I had no idea it would be so soon in my life.

And that’s just how it happens for so many entrepreneurs: your passion and desire to succeed finally takes on your fear of just getting started.

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The business (re) launch

Now I face a new and exciting challenge: relaunching and rebranding my business!

I decided that after 8 years, red vine needed a little face lift. So enter: simple sprout studio.

Our mission is simple (get it?!): Marketing your business doesn’t need to be hard. We make it simple.


So whether you’re thinking about launching your dream business, just getting started, or you’ve been around a while and need a little refresh…I’m right there with you.

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