It's never enough.
It's tough to never be satisfied. When running a small business, most days are spent trying to figure out if it is going to work. Even when you reach a certain level of success, and even if you are making money, you still have those days where you think it could fail at any moment. It is hard to start something from scratch and work so hard everyday to make it grow, and everyday not feeling like you are doing it right, or you are going to be able to to do it for as long as you want to. I don't think anybody goes into starting their own business thinking about taking it through retirement. At least I didn't. I was too concerned about getting a business license and seeing If I could be legitimate first. Next, I was concerned whether anybody would like what I was doing, and how long it would be until I got a response. FYI it took a pretty looong time. I wanted to be "successful" very quickly. I wanted to "find my niche"as they say, and by some unexpected miracle find popularity within my chosen creative avenue overnight. Let me tell you, that was not the case. It takes a long time for most people to find where they fit in, and to figure out what the heck they are doing. I changed my direction a few times before I ended up here. I started out with glitter bottles and mason jars, and then progressed to gift boxes, and now I have started a blog as another creative outlet. I honestly don't care if anybody reads it, but I feel better when I write, and I truly love to do it. I appreciate when people read my posts and I absolutely love when they can take something away from it. I love to share my experiences in hopes that others won't feel so bad about theirs. I want to inspire and motivate others who have similar goals and dreams in life of chasing their passions no matter what anybody else says.
I feel like this is the right attitude to have in this community, and it has helped me a lot. It is important to do what you want and what you feel is best. Those feelings of not being enough and not finding success come from dark places within us. When we feel this way we are feeding our insecurities. When we let go of a little bit of that negativity and let our passionate ideas flow freely, we begin to starve our fears and see new light at the end of the tunnel.
Back to (small) business.
There is a lot of responsibility in running your own business, especially if you do it on your own. Some days it is overwhelming and you might want to quit. ( Ok, a lot of days in the beginning! LOL) These are the tough times that will help to determine if you can really make it. Even when business is slow, you don't have a lot of followers, and you are facing setbacks, you must keep going. Nobody else can push you to do this and to follow your dreams. You have to motivate yourself and remember all of the reasons why you started. On the days that you question yourself, and on the days that you are exhausted, remember that you are doing this because you love it. If you aren't doing it because you love it, than you probably won't make it very far. You cannot put all of your love, and energy, and creativity into something just to make money. That is what a job is for. Having your own small business is like having a child. You want to nurture it, care for it, and watch it grow into something amazing. A small business may never make you a millionaire, ( or maybe it will ;) ) but that isn't why you should do this. You should do this for you, those you love, and because you truly want to. Cheers to all of the #smallbusinesses and fellow #girlbosses! I am rooting for you! Let's do this! ;)