MY BUSINESS FAILED & THAT'S OKAY

I FAILED AT BUSINESS & THAT'S OKAY ENTREPRENEUR TIPS AND TRICKS ADVICE FOR BLOGGERS

I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit and my family demonstrated entrepreneurship to me from a young age. When I was growing up, my mum ran a successful business from home, my dad now runs a successful online business, and my brother is the CEO of a hugely successful tech company. You could say we're a family of entrepreneurs, so it wasn't really that shocking back in 2012 when I decided that I no longer wanted a typical 9-5 J-O-B and set my heart on creating my own business.

I would LOVE to tell you how I started a business from scratch, grew 1000x overnight and became a millionaire by the time I was 25. Alas, that was not the case. I actually created a number of small businesses over the last 6 years, each with varying amounts of success. These small businesses are mostly no longer in existence and could justifiably be called failures, and that's okay... 

Let's start at the beginning here. In 2012, like most girls in their university bedrooms, I created a blog. My blog was called GlitterView (I know - the name was TERRIBLE, I'm cringing even now), and I shared posts about beauty products, style tips, and my general life musings. This blog (now retired) actually did okay for a while - I was earning a little bit of money from Ad Sense and I worked with a couple of brands here and there, but ultimately - I lost interest and my blog kinda died. 

Then in 2016, I started an Etsy shop where I sold custom handmade confetti. I spent hours and hours creating beautiful colorful batches of confetti for brides-to-be on Etsy and family friends. Again, this business did okay but was ultimately HUGELY time-consuming and I ended up making more mess on the floor than I ever made in cash. So, by the time the year was up, the confetti shop was gone too. 

More recently in 2017, I created ANOTHER Etsy shop selling bespoke and unique pieces of jewelry. I really enjoyed running my little jewelry shop, and it actually did really well. I got a huge thrill when I make a sale, I loved wrapping the orders with pretty bows and was making up to 3 trips to the post office each week. At this point, I was still working my 9-5 job and was barely finding the time to source new products to keep up with orders, so again, this business faded away.

I FAILED AT BUSINESS & THAT'S OKAY ENTREPRENEUR TIPS AND TRICKS ADVICE FOR BLOGGERS


So that's 3 different business ventures that ultimately didn't turn out how I'd hoped. I could have easily decided to give up, and many times I did, continue working my job and climbing the career ladder - and there's totally nothing wrong with that. But, I wanted something different, so instead, I chose to treat each of these little business experiments as part of my journey. Each of these small businesses taught me something new, they taught me how to build my own websites, they taught me how to market a product and content. I learned how SEO works and what customer service entails. I learned the importance of keeping track of expenses (I'm still not great at this tbf), I learned how money and investments work. 

Fast forward to now, August 2018 and I'm now in my 8th month of being fully self-employed. That's still crazy to me! It's been 8 months since I left my 9-5 and decided to trust in myself, and trust in everything I learned over the past 6 years. By no means do I have it all figured out and I have moments (sometimes weeks) of self-doubt, but each day I'm learning, I'm growing and my business is too. 

I think ultimately, I want to encourage you to not give up. I challenge you to see your setbacks and failures as lessons learned, obstacles to navigate. It's okay to fail, it's okay to get it wrong, as long as each time you screw up or something doesn't work you see it as another opportunity to get better, and get stronger! And Lord knows if little old me can do it, so can you! XO


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