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My Business Started in My Living Room

I started Bruce Jones Design in 1985, really the fall of 1984, but I went to Europe for 3 months at the end of the year to take a break from working and see the world. Business really started in March of 1985 from my living room in my 4 room apartment in North Cambridge. I would sit in my living room everyday from 9:00 to 5:00 every day and and try to figure out how to have a businesss.

When I began I had no clients and would spend the day starring at the phone trying to get up the courage to make some sales calls. I would sit there everyday and wouldn’t come out until 5:00 unless I was out doing something related to starting the business. It was a long 6 months. In September of 1985 I volunteered at the Boston Arts Festival on the Esplanade along the Charles River. One of the reasons was to see if I could find some clients. I did and that help get things going and things slowly built from there.