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An Entrepreneur Sticking Her Hopes on a Great Future
Jeanine Marlow

My name is Alexa Cosgrove, and I run my own business. Here's how I  got started: I own a Silhouette machine that can cut out vinyl into whatever I design on the computer. I  began selling custom vinyl stickers. 

My Business Model

My business is called Custom Vinylnations,@custom.vinylnations on Instagram, and I have been running it since I was in 8th grade. It started when I was trying to raise money to go on a mission trip, but after the mission trip, I just kept going with it. 

If you have ever seen my mom’s car, you will know all about her stickers. You'll see the little, green Kia Soul in staff parking with all the geeky and nerdy stickers on the back. We made almost all of these stickers. My home laptop and my Chromebook are decorated with vinyl decals, as well. My Chromebook has stickers from Broadway plays that I’ve made because of my deep love for Broadway, but I can make almostAlexa Cosgrove anything.

Most Popular Options

The most popular request I get is for stickers of monograms. Many of the Cornerstone teachers have asked me for monograms for their name-tags. I have also made a few wall stickers for both my mom’s old office and Mrs. Conrey and Mrs. Marlow’s office. These have both been Bible verses, but I have made some for my room at home that are Walt Disney quotes. 

For those of you who are interested, I usually sell stickers in two sizes: 

  • 3x3 inch, $5, single color 
  • 5x5 inch, $7,  single color

Every added color is an extra $1. I can make stickers in different sizes if you so desire, but those two are the ones I usually advertise and use to base my pricing. 

I thoroughly enjoy making stickers and find it somewhat relaxing sometimes. It’s been a great small business system to build on during high school, and I hope to continue it in the future!

Learn More About Alexa

This is Alexa's fifth year at Cornerstone Prep. She is involved in the Sports Ministry Team, First Wednesdays, A Cappella, and Beta Club.

She loves being able to do her work as fast or slow as she likes in Cornerstone's University-Model® and being able to learn valuable time management skills. Her future plans include going to Georgia Tech and studying Mechanical Engineering. 


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