Thursday, 8 June 2017

Becoming Self - Employed

Becoming Self - Employed
Hi all, what a month... I've taken such a huge life turn that I'm sure a few people are wondering what on earth is going on.

When I first wrote this blog post it had been 48 hours after opening my online boutique, a week later I revised my post and realised a lot had changed already.

The main thing that has changed is that it is f*cking hard work. Thats not to say I don't stand by my decision to become self employed, I really do stand by that. But the amount of energy and work that goes into it is insane. I spend most mornings awake at 6am on my laptop working my arse off and before I know it its 4pm and I haven't eaten, drank or even had a loo break.

So what made me do it?

Its been on my mind for the past year. I've always wanted to run my own business, be my own boss, and take things into my own hands. I knew it was something inevitable because I couldn't stop thinking about it and I decided to make a plan to make it happen around 4 months ago. I was in a stable job, my income was great, but I just wasn't happy. I knew it was because I had this "dream" that was only taking a backseat in my life, and I knew it was time to give it attention.

I've saved up a lot of money as an "emergency" back up and I've got a temporary part time job back in retail for a steady income. I had become so prepared to do it, I just had to actually do it. Handing in my notice and knowing I had a week until I would be self employed was crazy and very, very overwhelming.

My nerves were off the wall on the first morning of freedom, I woke up to my first day of being self employed and knew I had to publish my idea to the Instagram world.
Would people love it? Would people hate it? I didn't know what to expect as only a handful of people knew about my endeavour but responses were amazing and it really showed me how amazing my network of bloggers, friends and family really were. 

The next stage of nerves came with opening the website so it was live to actually shop my products. I woke up at 6am on Friday (even though my alarm was set for 8) and I couldn't help but feel a buzz of excitement to start my first official working day. It made me realise that it was something I haven't felt for a very long time.

A week into my business and I've never really experienced anything so up and down. Trying to figure out what customers want is hard work, effort and takes away every minute of my day.

Although its super scary and the idea of it not working out feels humiliating... I'd rather be the girl who said I tried it, it didn't work, but I learnt from it. Because I would hate to have said what if. On the other hand, I'd love to be the girl who said I left my job to start my own business and now I'm thriving from it.

So, thank you to everyone for being there on my journey. This massive step in my life has really shown me who is important, and shined a light on the people who really aren't.. I love each and every one of you that have made an effort to support me. I cant wait to take you all with me on this scary, wild and, most importantly, fun journey.

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