You tend to hear “most businesses fail in their first year” and things along that line. So when I started my own business a year and a half ago, I made a choice not to think like that. Rather, believing that we could and would be successful and that we were good enough to make it long term.
Now regretfully, my business will not be continuing on past the end of this year and even though we only lasted a year and a half, I would not call it a failure.
In fact, we are the opposite. Our business tripled in 2017 compared to 2016 in terms of the number of jobs we got and the money we were making. Which does make it somewhat difficult to end it – knowing the business didn’t fail and it’s not the reason we are finishing with the company.
There are so many other factors to running your own business that go beyond the jobs you book and the money you make (which is not a whole lot). It has to do with the relationships you have and make in the business and the time, strain and pressure it puts on your life, your family and yourself. In the end you have to do what’s right for your health and your emotions.
I can honestly end my company feeling successful. We met new people, made new connections in the community, tried new things, bought new gear and most importantly we learned. We learned about business structure, we learned about adding a value and price to your own work and worth, we learned about our industry and other industries, and we learned about people.
I know so much more now than I did a year and a half ago that I never would have known had I not tried this endeavour. I asked questions I never knew I’d be asking and I talked to people I never thought I’d meet. And I had more support from family and friends than I ever thought I’d have.
I think the hardest part about leaving the businesses (not quitting because I don’t believe I am. I’m not giving up, I’m making a choice) is feeling like I’m letting other people down because they were all so supportive of me and this business. But the experience and knowledge I have gained from this leaves me with no regrets.
Would I have done things differently then if I knew what I know now? Yes, probably. But that’s the point, I had to go through all these experiences to learn this. And even though I wish I could change some things, it’s been such a learning curve for me in my life.
Running your own business isn’t glamours. You don’t make tons of money, you don’t get to work whenever you want (well, you do, but let me tell you, it takes a lot of discipline, and working whenever you feel like it means you don’t make a lot of progress or get a lot done). And even though you work for yourself you aren’t your own boss, you work for the client.
Running your own business is an interesting and worthwhile experience, but it isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay! You have to know yourself and know what you can and want to handle and do what’s right for you.
I can’t say this is the end forever for me having my own business, but it is the end for now.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this business and I hope you can support me in this choice as well.
Until Next Time,