Nancy Derr is a single mother who is using her unique talents to the money that will help pay for her daughter’s college tuition. She has taken advantage of her artistic skill and her proximity to the affluent community of Chevy Chase to start a portrait business. Ms. Derr takes commissions for single person or family portraits and works with the customer throughout the process to provide a custom-tailored watercolor portrait. She utilized connections at her daughter’s school to advertise her business and continues to accrue commissions through positive word of mouth. Indeed, Ms. Derr has gained a modest celebrity status as her portraits now appear in an increasing number of Chevy Chase homes. Ms. Derr’s business model has been successful, as her fees cover the cost of art supplies with significant profit left over for the college tuition fund.