So there is nothing like getting the heck out of Dodge for a few days of R & R, you know? We took our last (well only) vacation this summer and I was unable to use my laptop....hence the delay in this post. Please forgive me for not posting sooner, but I did not want to get sand, sunscreen, beer, ice cream on my laptop.
It seemed my last post struck quite a cord with many an entrepreneur out there. I am glad it did - it's nice to actually write something people comment on. Though some did not like what I wrote - it is the truth. It is NOT all roses when running your own business - there are good days and there are some gosh-darn take the air out of your lungs, crying with that ugly face, swearing like a sailor days......come on now, tell me that is not true? I know you have all had some of those days - don't make me name names!
1. Lay Off
I had to make that very tough decision, well the decision was not hard, it was the delivery. I think every boss lady knows when the time has come to let someone go, it is waaay past there time to er uh, go. I find that I will give someone I work with a benefit of the doubt and keep hoping and praying it will work out. However, it did not work out and well I felt the weight of taking the job away from someone. Again - back to making the tough decisions and owning them - I do NOT regret the decision.
2. Real Entrepreneurs Do Not Say Those Things
Okay, come on - those "entrepreneur-isms" or "envy you" comments never come from like-minded people like us. They come from people that are, let's face it lazy, not really thinking about what they are saying, or don't REALLY want to do what it takes to start a business. It takes a very special person to start a business and to persevere and just you know like Nike "DO IT". People that are serious about starting a business will pick my brain about other things, like: funding, patents, trademarks, liability, insurance, funding, marketing, workers comp, hiring, websites, email, shipping, funding - did I mention that one?
3. Think About It
Let's face it, and many of you chimed in - we would not change a thing even if we knew ALL that we know about running a business. The freedom is huge, the monetary rewards will eventually come and the control we all have is fabulous with a capital F. I actually have a friend that was all gung-ho she wanted to do this, this, this own your own business thing. She thought she could - and I coached her, helped her, gave her tons of advice. However, at the end of the day she did not have the support of her husband, it would a be a financial burden on the family and honestly I do not think she had the drive. I believe that she had that "Ya-Butt-Syndrome" I so hate.
4. In Charge with a Capital "C"
So, um well okay, okay OKAY - I do love being in charge. Back as long as I can remember (and I have a few old friends and a sister that will confirm this) I loved to be in charge. What shall we play - I get to decide. Who wants to do a skit to the Olivia Newton John song "Physical"? Anyone? Get back I will do the choreography. And my very favorite (read cringing with face turning red) bossy- boss event - took over my best friends birthday party to insist everyone follow me in a Grease Lightning Dance-Off. So....I uh, well most times do like to be in charge ("sorry Chrisser, I swear I will behave at your 40th, promise me there will be no songs from Grease though - k?").
4. Are We Having Fun Yet?
It is fun to own your own business, just the sure joy of seeing your logo up in your office, the first press you received, seeing your product in a print catalog - all things only other entrepreneurs can relate to. Those days of signing up a new store, the first website we built, even the first brochure we printed - very, very cool things. The pride I feel when we get a thank you from a customer, or we fix a problem and a channel tells us how much the love our products - all warm and fuzzy for sure. There is really no job that I ever had that could compare with this one - My worst day owning my own company is better than my best day working for "The Man".
Truth be told, the recognition is pretty darn cool - but I like, err uh LOVE the response Is get from this blog more than any article, TV Show, or celebrity endorsement I have ever received. This blog is such a great outlet for me, it lets me speak my mind - it lets me use my brain and help (hopefully) other entrepreneurs. It also gives me a forum to meet other amazing women who own their own businesses - some of them I even call friends, really, really GOOD friends.
So I hope I didn't <ahem....nervous cough> totally ruin the impression y'all had of me. I do, I do love running my own business. I am not sure I could ever work for anyone else again. And I always say if this ceramic thingie ma-bob does not work out - don't worry I am sure I will do something else - you can quote me on that.