It's December and for many of us, it's a time of closure-the ending of a year. Time to look back upon the past 12 months, see what we've achieved or didn't, take note of the changes...or if you're like me try to remember what your New Year's resolution was.
This year has been huge for us here at The Trove. I'm sure many of you know the obvious change- we switched away from solely operating online and opened our own Brick & Mortar business! (B&M is business talk for a physical location btw, we now have our own little flagship store!).
Sounds simple right? A natural progression in the business?
It totally was NOT.
I'm finally confident enough in our little store to share what we went through, to give you an idea of the nitty-gritty and to happily tell you, I would totally do it all again. (And I think Sam, my boyfriend, would agree. Although, he would probably do so with a very hesitant roll of his eyes).
So what was it like opening our own B&M?
It was hard. It was knowing everything you prepared for isn't enough. Knowing that you need x amount of funds and you only have y and oh my goodness, rent is due every month-whiich you plan for. But, then there's that $10 charge to that one company that you signed up for 3 months ago and forgot to use, and then there's the electricity bill that you don't even know what will amount to, and then there's getting hit by a scammy credit card company that wants to charge you $800 just because you were nice enough to listen to a phone call with them. It's waking up with a migraine and popping some advil because really, there's no one to call in sick too. Not to mention all the renovation that we did the hard way.
But it's also happiness and pure joy. It's waking up each morning, under no obligation to rush around for someone else's benefit. It's looking around and wanting to change something- then doing it immediately because you are your own boss. It's the pride and extreme love you feel when people actually show up at your Grand Opening...and look like they're having fun! The relief you feel when you get that first sale, or even the 100th (we just hit that number recently). The amazing amount of support you realize exists in your community, and the new friends you make every day.
So, I've decided that through December- I'll share a bit of each step we took (and are still taking) along the way. Starting from the beginning and working our way through. I wouldn't choose to live my life any differently, and I hope that perhaps this series will help YOU- you who are thinking about risking it all and stepping out on your own. If you get a little tingly feeling of excitement while reading that-well, this is it, know that you're destined to be your own boss. Because once you get that feeling, there is no going back. It lingers and festers until you take that and nurture it into a blazing fire.So, here's to hoping that through my mistakes, failures, successes and ahas you can save yourself some headache and gain a whole lot of joy!
Going to join us along the journey? I'd love to "meet" you, please feel free to comment below and let us know where you are in your path to entrepreneurship!