There was some really great questions from this post – some of them do need their own post so I am going to answer those ones first 🙂
Cat asked me
I want to know if you ever regret resigning and getting your own business. Or the timing thereof?
The short answer is no and no.
BUT having said that I also want to say that it is probably one of the hardest, most stressful things I have done.
There are sleepless nights, there are tears, there is frustration, there are fights and there are mistakes made and lessons learnt.
But will I go back? NO! Knowing what I know now would I have made a different choice? NO!
When you read about starting your own business no-one says its easy. It doesn’t matter if you have millions to start with or nothing – it is hard. We knew this and were prepared for it – well as prepared as you can be doing something you have never done 🙂
What they do say though is that it is worth it. The hard work, the failures, the successes, the stress – it is worth it. I agree with that.
So far it has totally been worth it.
I was in such an unhappy situation where I worked. I dreaded going in every day, David was tired of hearing me be negative and complain and moan and in short be the prophet of doom. I didn’t like who I was in that office.
Now the stress is my stress and my actions directly control what happens (or doesn’t happen). I can watch my son swim – guilt free. I can take Jack to Moms and Babes. I also spend time on weekends doing marketing plans or making signs for the shop or planning give aways.
Whatever I do though – its MY choice. I don’t need to beg, plead and feel bad about asking for time off. I don’t dread working every day. I love what I do.
As for the timing – there really is no right time to do anything. Maybe I should have waited until Jack was older? Maybe I should have waited until we had more savings or until the brand was a year old and a year more established? Maybe I should have chosen another shop?
I can’t live in maybes – the opportunity was there, the shop was there – the stars were aligned in that moment for that choice and I made it.
I have not regretted it for one moment and have not for one second wished I hadn’t resigned – my only regret is I never did it sooner.