The word “entrepreneur” is defined as “one who organizes, manages and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise,” but that only begins to scratch the surface.
Students like Vernice Hipolito, a third-year nursing student at Saint Peter’s University, has turned her passion for painting and drawing into an entrepreneurship sticker business on-campus.
Delivering only on Saint Peter’s campus and locally in Jersey City, Hipolito recognized the opportunity to be who she is with her art while working for those that are willing to pay for her creations.
“My friends would tell me ‘you should sell your art’ but I didn't want to sell it because I’m very close to my paintings and then I thought… maybe I’ll just make stickers,” said Hipolito.
She currently has seven stickers available for purchase on her Instagram (@Pmoddities) where she says consumers can directly contact her and order.
An individual sticker is $2 and a mystery pack is in the works.
“So with the mystery pack, I’m thinking about doing three random stickers for $5,” said Hipolito.
In the near future, she plans to expand her business and develop an official website for orders and shipments.
Managing a business, especially as a college student, is not easy. Hipolito spends most of her time studying and making school her number one priority. Painting and drawing has become therapeutic for her.
“I like drawing girls with short black hair I don’t know why...and eyeballs also!” she says.
The creativity in her stickers speaks for itself, with vivid colors and articulate details.
“I couldn’t believe I started [my business], and even though it’s still small, I like the fact that I even tried,” she said.