Starting a Business- What to Expect
Being the owner of My Dress Affair since its birth wasn’t a position I thought I would be in. As some of you already know, I am an OG Primary School and Piano teacher. Sometimes I take a sneaky day here and there and teach casually to feel normal once in a while. Starting a business and being your own boss is not the ultimate glamour life. I’ve broken down the adventure into a few simple eye openers to help you push forward in your adventure to greatness and help you realise you are not alone.
- Be prepared to fail over and over again
Let’s be honest here. Nobody is perfect. Owning a business requires you to learn all the trades of running a business. 4 years ago, I had no idea how to create a website, own a website or upload a blog. It is not magic- My Dress Affair has scrapped 3 websites in the past 3 years. This is a product of learning from mistakes and moving forward.
- Nothing is ever perfect
If you have all the money in the world to grow your business, it still wouldn’t be enough. You need to put all your OCD aside and work to make it work. A lot of the time, manual entry is key because when you are first starting out, you’ll have no or little staff to make the business work- there will only be YOU. Realise what isn’t perfect and learning how to make it perfect and what you need to get there is key.
Having a background in teaching, you’d think I am all for learning. It took me a long time to realise that leaning is so important. I have attended so many short courses to help inspire, learn new skills and improve in different areas and I always feel I need more. When starting a business, you’ll need to learn all aspects, so you know what type of employee you want to employ and what jobs you need to them to complete. I am still learning and growing!
- Short hours are a thing of the past
Be prepared to work LONG hours to get the job done. Being a new business owner means that you are ultimately going to be completing 5 other jobs to begin. You are the customer service girl, the delivery driver, the accountant, the stylist, photographer, buyer and the social media manager of +5 accounts.
- Your phone will be glued to you
Feel like forgetting your phone? Think again. You’ll need to be prepared to work through birthdays, dinners and holidays. Owning a business cannot be switched off.
- Don’t forget WHY you started
Your why is your motivation. I won’t lie, there have been times I wanted to throw in the dress and GIVE UP. I am so thankful for my incredible partner/husband, my family and my friends for their support and constant reminders of why My Dress Affair exists. Through my first adventure of business, I constantly see other businesses begin and fail quickly. Don’t forget to push forward, to work hard and to improve and exceed hurdles.
XxX Girl Boss