Have you ever thought about owning your business but do not know where to go? Thought about leaving corporate America behind and work for yourself but you are scared you have no idea what you doing? Then you are me from 4 years ago.
Four years ago, I was pregnant with my son and worked at an insurance agency. I was a (what I like to say) part time designer and just was not getting as much fulfillment from doing fashion shows. Do not get me wrong, I loved putting on shows. I loved the design process. I loved the stress I always put on myself to complete my collection just in time before the curtain raises. I loved all of that and more, but I had to be honest. My fashion was not paying any bills. It was just a hobby I did once a year and would get a high for 1 week then it would always fizzle out until the next show. And also, my life was shifting. I was pregnant with my second kid and my priorities were changing. How could I still do what I love [fashion] but also make it family friendly??
This was when I had the GREAT idea of starting my own business. That is right. Jamison & Bexley was born before Jamison was even born. I knew what his name was before we had him, but we did not announce it until the day he entered the world. I wanted to start a children’s clothing company because I was a mother. I was my ideal target market. I wanted to find clothes that were different than what you would find at the children’s place or baby gap.
So that is it, the end, right? WRONG. I was so wrong. I thought “wow, I’ll start a business, and everything will just fall into place. I’ll get all the orders, make lots of money and quit my job!” That is not how it worked out…at all. Boy was the ride bumpy and every day I am learning something new. This September will be 4 years that I have had my company and only in the last year did I focus on it as a fulltime job.
I left my corporate job right when the pandemic hit to focus on my mental health and when the governor shut down all of Ohio, I used that time to do some continuing education on how to turn my “side hustle” into a full-time job. Tears were shed, lessons learned and lots of trial and error but in 2020 I had the best year ever beating 3 of my sales goals and I am on trend to double my sales from last year. CRAZINESS!!!
There are things that I wish I knew then that I want to share with all of you. Tips and tricks on how to run your business while maintaining your household. I am hosting a live webinar Wednesday March 31st going over all of the things and then some. You can register for the event HERE and if you would like to keep the conversation going, you can join my new Facebook called #Mompreneurs Round Table where I will be sharing some tips and tricks on how to start, build and scale your business!
Hope to see you there!