My sister and I started by making and selling accessories. Friends were always eager to buy and we started making money from it until it snowballed into the store we have today. Starting your own business is a gradual process. But once you start, it gets easier. The sooner you do so, the sooner you’ll start reaping the benefits!
Do what you love.
Passion is what drives you to do something. You can’t be successful if you’re doing something you absolutely loathe. So my advice is choose well and stick with it. I love clothes, I’m a shopaholic, so it was a natural step for me to open my own store and do something that I enjoyed 24/7. It doesn’t feel like work at all!
Be your own boss.
Most people think it’s easy being your own boss. True, you get to keep your own time, but it’s a big responsibility too. No one is there to push you and remind you to do things. You have to be on top of everything, make sure you know what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. Failure is your own cross to bear.
Learning doesn’t end in school.
No matter how much you plan, the future isn’t predictable. I try my best to always be prepared but I’m also willing to learn. Take things as they come. Even when things don’t go your way, you’ll be able to pick up something from it. If you keep an open mind and you don’t stop learning new things, you’ll be on your way to the top.
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Find out more about what it's like to start your own business in the December issue of Candy!
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