Want to know the biggest secret that no one tells you about running your own business? Well, here is your dose of raw, authentic, behind the scenes experience.
Here's the secret, many times along the way, you are going to question why you chose to even go down this route of entrepreneurship and you are going to want to quit.
Wouldn't it just be easier to have a 9-to-5 job where you can just clock out at the end of the day and forget about work? The answer is yes. It would definitely be easier. But you can't let "easy" cloud your vision of what you want out of this life.
Below I am listing a real life, behind scenes, raw moment that I recently had just last weekend with my business where I wanted to close up shop and call it a loss. So grab your cup of coffee and get cozy for this read. Warning, this post is the opposite of sunshine and rainbows.
At the end of August, my kiddos went back to school (kind of... I'll get to that in a minute). I had all sorts of organized plans blocked out on my calendar as to what I would accomplish each day/week/month for my business. These plans would help me accomplish my goals for a smooth holiday season where I could get ALL THE THINGS done but also not be so frazzled that I missed enjoying all my favorite things (birthdays, soccer games, trick-or-treating, Thanksgiving, and Christmas).
Well it seemed that as soon as I wrote all those big goals down, my oldest came home sick the VERY FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL. There should be a law against that. So as a scrappy entrepreneur, I pivoted and rearranged things and tapped into some of my built-in margin so that I could take care of her and still accomplish my goals. That is what my built-in margin is for after all, right? Let me give you the bullet point version of how the rest of September went:
And just like that all my grand plans, margins, and multiple backup plans for September have washed away. At this point, you are probably wondering why the heck I am telling you all of this. I am telling you this to show you that you are not alone and to validate that trying to manage a business and raise healthy kids and deal with all the stuff that life throws at us is HARD. There are only so many backup plans that one can have in their pocket of tricks.
But here is the secret that no one tells you... everyone thinks of quitting their business many times over and over again. But the ones who make it are the ones who are scrappy enough and have the grit to keep pushing through the hard.
I would love to say that this past weekend was the first time I thought about quitting, but that is just not true. That was just one of many moments of doubting myself. And I know that I will feel that way again at some point. So after this latest doubting experience, I made a promise to myself that I will NEVER decide to quit on a bad day/month/year. If I ever choose to quit this humble business of mine, I will go out on top.
So now I want to hear from you. Have you ever thought about quitting? If so, let me know in the comments or find me on Instagram and tell me there. I want to cheer you on in those self-doubting moments. Because you can totally do this! You can do hard things. Just keep swimming, my friend!
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