A year ago, I embarked on taking a huge leap of faith by quitting my full time job to focus on my photography business. I had never created a business from the ground up before, and so I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. It’s a much talked about general statistic that 60% of small businesses will fail within the first three years, and my hope when I embarked on starting my own business last year, and indeed still now as I write this, is that I hope my business thrives and succeeds beyond that three year point and beyond. So, in celebrating and reflecting on my first year of my business, I decided to write a collection of words, thoughts and experiences to the woman I was 12 months ago about what she will learn about her business and indeed herself throughout this experience.
As far as I’m aware there isn’t a crystal ball out there that will show you your path in life or business and more often than not, as with all things, where you believe you’ll end up may or may not come to be, and the journey to get there often isn’t how we imagined, nor is it as easy as we may have naively believed. I was a classic procrastinator and serial “Gonna” Gal up until my very early thirties, and to this day I am equal parts surprised and quite frankly proud of myself for throwing caution to the wind and actually taking the leap to start my business during a pandemic. Oftentimes we can allow the fear of the unknown and the fear of failure paralyse and imprison us in our own minds, and like a hamster on a wheel those loops of negativity and fear feed our self-sabotage and we keep ourselves from even trying to go after what we desire. Our minds trick us into believing it’s safer to stay where we are rather than wade into unknown and unchartered waters of new experiences. As I mentioned before, I had never created a business from the ground up, and the obvious first step was to actually do it and get on with the business of building a business, so I quit my job, and started on the 7th March 2021.
Each of the seven essays reflecting on my first year in business will be released every day in the lead up to my business birther on the 7th March 2022 and can be found via my journal page.
I hope you enjoy reading this seven part collection of small essays. My hope is that within these words you may find something that sparks conversation, self-reflection or the courage to take a first step on whatever journey you dream of pursuing.