The best and worst thing about owning your own business is that you are in control of its destiny.
FMFY is having growing pains and I’m forced to streamline the way I work to make things easier on myself, as well as my customers. I have to for once sit down and figure out an actual collection and styles that can be at least repeated a few times rather than roughly 15 unique pieces every single month. I’m making moves to be able to sell wholesale soon, but I have to get all my ducks in a row before that. I’m down to my last batch of brass drops beads that I can no longer get my hands on easily, so big changes are in store – at least they feel big to me.
I’m such a self starter/lone wolf and shrug off advice and criticism that I forget how necessary the power of community is. I was reading Jenny’s post this morning about her own business, and I met with a group of small business owners last night and then there was Rena’s wonderful class over the weekend – and I cannot stress enough to other small business owners to reach out and talk and listen to your peers and colleagues because we are all in the same boat. We have such similar struggles and solutions that may have never occurred to us before. And maybe there is no easy solution or answer to your problem, but talking it out is sometimes all you need to maybe realize you’re being too hard on yourself, or what your true feelings are about something right as the words are coming out of your mouth. It calms me to not feel so alone in my irrational worrying, it really does. I’m currently turning worrisome decisions into excitement and that makes me feel good.
Photo by Kate Miss, taken on a Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic with Fujifilm Neopan SS 100 film.