You want to know the best thing about starting a business at 21. It never once occurred to me that it would fail. I was young, naive and I simply thought, wouldn’t owning my own business be great! There was a need and we could provide a skill (at the time we had no idea about that skill but we believed in others that did!) and wal-lah! A business is born!
I speak to ladies all the time who are super talented but don’t know how to pursue their talent, turn it into a business but most of all are afraid no one wants what they have to offer. With the internet and tools like Etsy, Facebook and WordPress you can literally do anything and a lot of the time for FREE!
I often hear people say ‘but it’s not perfect’. First of all, what the hell is perfect?? Personally I’m happy to launch something that’s not quiet right and make tweaks and course correct afterwards instead of waiting. When I first launched The Cool Calm Collection the photography was t-e-r-r-i-b-l-e but do you know what, that didn’t stop the bags selling. Still to this day there are so many things I want to improve on but my point is if I hadn’t gotten started I wouldn’t have this business right now!
If you’re waiting for someone to tell you that your fabulous and talented and you should do it, I’m right here telling you now. You’re great, go do it! Whatever it is that you’re a particularly gifted at the world wants and needs your talents. Whether that’s knitting baby socks, sketching pet portraits, running an after school club or being the Prime Minister. The world needs this and more importantly YOU need it!
There is nothing that scares me more than standing stagnant from year to year. Sometimes you might not get it right and it all may go to hell in a hand basket and sometimes your friends might think your just plain weird. Side note-so many of my friends think it’s weird that I put things like this on the internet. But ya know what this is what I want and what makes ME happy. It doesn’t need to make sense to anyone else or being them joy. I feel like I should put a side not-so long as your aren’t spending the families fortune or remortgaging your house!
Dream your big, bold, audacious dreams that are going to stretch you and then go do it! What’s the worst that can happen?