I Love Mondays! – A Personal Account Of Starting Business
This category isn’t about my products, it’s about my trials, successes, and failures of starting my own business on a shoe-string budget. I know that many parents are in similar positions so I hope we can relate and learn from each other.
I’d just like you to know from the start that whilst I love writing when it comes to social media and showing off my products, what follows here does not come naturally or easily for me. I’m not someone who is comfortable talking on a personal level.
So to begin – Here’s a little introduction to myself and my business.
Hopefully if nothing else, somebody will be able to avoid some of the mistakes I made (and make in future).
I’m one of those people who never really had a clear idea of the career they wanted. I often envied those who knew exactly what their goals were from an early age.
But one thing I did know was that I wanted to work for me. Not because of a desperate desire to be rich (although I wouldn’t complain) but simply because of the enormous sense of achievement it would bring.
Throughout teen and adult years I always has some kind of part-time venture running alongside my job but it was never what you could realistically call a business.
When I hit my 30’s I felt I was beginning to run out of time if I wanted to make this work, and although I know that’s not really true it didn’t stop me feeling that way. Although I’ve had some ups and downs in my career, I’ve never truly been happy in any workplace. So at 34 I took the decision to leave work to start my own business.
Although nobody actually said it, I know that most of my friends and family thought it was a bad move. But my wife is very supportive and could see how much I wanted it.
One year on I’m still in start-up phase and the budget I laid out has gone. Things haven’t been easy and we’ve had to learn to adjust to living on one wage.
You may think that after a year I would have everything in place and be on the road to success. That isn’t the case and I’ll go into more detail in later posts but I’ve not been standing still either…
To date, I’ve built an office, researched my market, imported equipment and stock from overseas, learned how to manufacture my products, learned some new skills (like Photoshop), re-branded once already, and built a very nice website.
On the not so positive side, I’ve been screwed for £thousands by a web-developer who just didn’t deliver. Bought far too many stock items which will be out of date before I sell them all (e.g older phone models), and taken poor advice from manufacturers which has led to other costly mistakes.
So in short, I’ve made my fair share of mistakes and if I could go back and do it again, I most definitely would. Right now my business is simply making the odd sale here and there but one thing I do know is that I will NEVER regret leaving my job. MY only real regret is not daring to do this when I was much younger.
Despite ALL of the above, I love what I do, I love Mondays (they’re my opportunity to plan my week and get stuck in). I have lots of plans for the future of my business and can’t envisage a time when I would give up.
When things are really feeling tough I just go and read some of my customer reviews. There aren’t loads yet but the ones I have are great and knowing that I’ve made something that a paying customer is happy with makes everything truly worthwhile.
I can imagine your eyes beginning to glaze over now so I’ll save the rest for future updates but I think this could be a great outlet for me and I’m sure there must be others in similar positions who can relate in one way or another.
Please do feel free to comment or get in touch. I always respond and would love to hear from you.
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