I always knew I wanted to have my own business. I believe at the age of 19 that’s when the thought of entrepreneurship started creeping into my head. I wanted to work for myself but figuring out what I wanted to do in order to create the business was challenging for me. I was good at so many things and wanted to do everything but my option to dedicating the one service that meant most to me was just all over the place.
Back then, I started to experiment and dabble in all of my interests in starting a business. I started with designing t-shirts and literally would hand paint each shirt to give to people to wear and help promote my t-shirt business. Then I decided to leave that behind and focus on creating a bridal lingerie line. Maybe after a year, I let go of creating lingerie and decided to create fun accessories to sell. That didn’t last either. I finally decided to create my own digital lifestyle platform where I wrote articles to help empower women of color.
Through that, I created events around my digital platform while I searched for sponsorships to help create a buzz for participation involving my events. Creating the events was absolutely successful but the digital platform was not really something that caught on by trying to reach my target audience.
Years later, I shut down my digital platform due to many personal issues and I couldn’t really keep up with maintaining the website or creating events because I started to become very inconsistent.
Today, I’m creating my own fashion line including lifestyle events relating to my line. Here’s my truth in entering the entrepreneurial lifestyle.
It’s NOT as glamorous as many people who are already successful try to make it seem. Being an entrepreneur takes a lot of hard work, dedication, heart, and consistency.
Many times, in the beginning, people don’t realize entering entrepreneurship consist of much research to get the ball rolling. Without actual facts to help back up the business to move forward, it will barely thrive on the results needed.
Creating a business is not necessarily about what your passionate about to sell to others. It’s more of what can you sell to others that will help improve their lives. What are your target audience needs and wants? How will they benefit from your products or services? What are you offering that is different from your competition? Where is your target audience and how can you reach them to expose your products or services to them?
It goes on and on and the research never really ends until you have everything covered from point A to Z.
If you want to have your own business and be your own boss, my advice to you is to start building thick skin. That means when many doors close in your face you will have to force yourself to continuously and consistently create your own door. That’s the whole point of entrepreneurship.
Don’t take anything personally when business is involved. This is when your faith is being tested and you have to keep pushing through to get to the finish line. There will be a lot of people who won’t see your vision but you can’t allow that to deter you away from your goals. If you believe that the vision will work then you must be obedient to the vision.
Keep in mind you may not see your business flourish for a while because you will be busy funding, investing, marketing and strategizing for your business to really take off. Planning is a huge requirement when building a business. You have to be willing to invest in your own business before anyone else does.
If you want a business bank loan then you will need a solid winning business plan, excellent credit, know your requirements and qualifications from your lender, provide collateral, and gather all financial and legal documents to be considered for the amount you may be looking for.
Being the BOSS is liberating and with much business success, it can also be financial freedom to your life. However, if you’re not willing to put in the sweat, blood, and tears to get there, then you are wasting your time. It’s not always sweet and pretty being an entrepreneur. It can be very ugly and ruthless.
The best advice I can give is to really find a good and trustworthy business mentor that can help you execute all your needs to building and creating the business you want. If it’s realistic then it’s definitely possible to get done successfully. Just do the work and be consistent!
How many of you are transitioning to building your own business or already have your own? Share below! I would love to hear from you.