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.