Pupil Creates On-line Enterprise Throughout The Pandemic

Get me. (WILX) – In Studio 10 we have a student calling out who goes above and beyond for a typical high school graduate.

In addition to being a senior at Holt High School, Emma Grace Hodges is the owner and founder of a growing online business.

Imagine it’s spring 2020 – schools have closed and Emma – who was a junior at the time – had a lot of free time.

But instead she picked up a hobby and started a business.

“I’m one of those people who always have to do something to keep me busy and to keep myself busy. My family always said, ‘You should start a website’ because I use different platforms to upload my designs, “said Emma.” My website, gracealyn.com, was born and from there it really just went off and into Blown up. “

Now, almost a year later, Emma has a website full of fun clothes and jewelry, all of which are her designs.

“There are a lot of different things there,” said Emma. “They each have a slightly closer meaning to me because I invested this time in designing them.”

It is not always easy between this business and school work.

“I actually do everything on the website, everything from the website, the design, the product design, the packaging jobs, managing social media, and everything is behind the scenes. So it’s definitely a lot of work, ”said Emma. “I really had to figure out what time management was like. That’s another reason I am very supportive of small businesses because they really affect people’s streams of life. “

Emma says she finds inspiration for her designs in a little bit of everything.

“I have some words that are really just music based because a lot of my fan base is really into different artists and other things. So I won’t play with words with the lyrics and things like that, what I’m going to do and they are super, super popular, ”said Emma. “But inspiration really comes from everything I’ll be in town, and I take a picture of something and I think, oh my god, I want to make a design out of it.”

You can see Emma’s designs and merchandise here: https://gracealyn.com/

You can also follow her on Instagram and Tic Tok at @shopgracealyn

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