We have recently celebrated 5 YEARS IN BUSINESS!! HOLY SMOKES
It has gotten me thinking about where we started and how far we have come.
In case you didn't know, here's some background...
I used to work as a groomer for a corporate grooming salon. It started off great, but the longer I was there the longer the corporate politics weighed on me. Towards the end I was basically crying every day and just miserable. I wanted to leave, but as many of you know groomers are paid commission only and going to a new salon is a big risk. Will you get enough dogs? Will your clients follow you? It's a gamble. I was making really good money at the corporate salon, but it just wasn't worth my sanity anymore.
Let me say that a little louder for those in the back...
NO AMOUNT OF MONEY IS WORTH YOUR SANITY. Take care of yourselves! Your employer is pretty much never going to put you first so you have to put yourself first.
So, I took the plunge and left that corporate h*ll!! To take a little of the pressure off starting at a new salon I decided to start selling these dog bows I had been making for my own clients. Guys, if you bought from me in our first year bless you! Those were some drastically mediocre bows! Looking back on those pictures I'm not sure how I've made it this far.
Ok, enough background, here's the nitty gritty on owning a business.
IT IS HELLA HARD.
My favorite way to describe owning a business is this, all day every day you are both always working and never working. On the one hand, you're doing what you want to do, setting your own hours, fulfilling your passion. On the other hand, you take your work on vacation with you, you take it to bed with you, you eat, sleep and breath work.
Thinking of owning your own business? Let me break it down for you...
From Chemist to Groomer to Bow Maker. Where will we go next? Let's find out!