It’s times like this that I wish my old blog was still around. Even I would read old posts just to remind myself of how far I’ve come as a shy introverted artist type to a mother of 3 kids with a family business and a personal enterprise in the health & beauty market. I have the emails of each post in my gmail archives but it’s not the same.
I’ve been scolding myself for not being more active and assertive but it just wasn’t the right timing. I think that I needed a break to regroup and set new goals for myself and my entrepreneurism. I am addicted to it, being self-employed, I’m free to do what I want when I want and now I need to make it a stable income, it’s been sporadic for way too long.
My word for next year should be Consistency, this year it is Fulfillment which has made me examine what motivates me. I realized how comfortably miserable I am doing just enough to get by so that I can complain about things when it’s up to me to take the necessary steps to get myself to the next stage of growth to feel fulfilled, as a person, as a woman, as a soul, as an entrepreneur.
I’ve taken steps to straighten out my lack of bookkeeping and administrative duties. To be honest with you, and myself, I’ve been a serious slacker with documenting my earnings which have been minimal lately so there isn’t much to write about but it should be no excuse to not treat my efforts like a business and like a hobby. I’ve been wanting to transition to my social media name officially for the longest time and now I’ve got that going on.
Recently I started attending the Small Business Administration‘s free classes for small business owners and wannabe entrepreneurs. Their consult with a SCORE rep helped me hash out my challenges and I’ve just taken in a second class to educate myself on the basics that I’m missing. And I’m so thankful for the professional business mentors that share their time and knowledge with us, it’s amazing free advice! Anyone looking to be an entrepreneur should look them up and use their online resources with everything from business plans to social media marketing.
And so, I continue to strive to improve myself and our family business too which needs some adjustments. I’m learning for the benefit of both since one is an LLC and now the shop.com is a DBA. And I feel like a burden is lifting and more like a professional vs. wallowing in misery and defeat. Baby steps, it always starts with those…..one at a time.