This subject has become near and dear to my heart recently. One of my most favorite quotes, "You can tell who the strong women are. They are the ones you see building up one another instead of tearing each other down." As women, we have enough hurdles to overcome and not to mention others who are just waiting to see us fail. And, if only we treated each other the way we do when we are a drunken mess in bathrooms. I whole heartedly believe that karma is real, by helping one another out we all have something valuable to gain.
When I entered the boutique world six years ago I knew absolutely nothing! I literally Googled everything I needed to know. There was a fair amount of boutique competition in my hometown and at the time I fed into it. I always felt the need to compare myself to the boutique that had more "likes" and I found myself consumed with checking their stats and not focusing on my own. This all sounds familiar when we are raised to compete in any format. My oldest which is six constantly competes with her friend's something as simple as, "Hey, what's 4+4," can turn into an all out argument amongst six-year-olds.
After we opened our storefront I realized that I didn't know it all. In fact, I knew very little on how to operate a business behind the scenes. I can order inventory all day but what it comes down to, are you making a profit?! What's the point of working all day, every day if you have nothing to show for it in the end? Those "likes" aren't going to pay your bills, your overhead, or your rent. I re-enrolled at New Mexico State University in 2013 and majored in Business Administration. Finally graduated May 2017!
It is extremely hard to focus on your business when you are a Mom. Most days you feel like you can't be tugged anymore, in any direction. You want to tap out and give in. I get it, I've been there, I am there almost EVERY DAY! But, I have this drive that keeps me going. I never can sit down or take a nap because I know how valuable my time is. If I am not posting, listing, connecting on social media than my followers, members and fans are moving on to another boutique.
If you are struggling as a mompreneur or an entrepreneur know that you are not alone. It's tough and you will feel discouraged. But all the sleepless nights and time lost with your family will eventually, pay off. Trust me it takes lots of patience.
I started doing "Guest Entrepreneur" Live sessions on FB. This is a great opportunity for you to market your product/service or ask for advice or tips. I want to empower other women and I have a passion for helping others become successful. Fortunately, I was able to do my first duo with one of my best friends and it was a lot of fun. So if this is something that might interest you please contact me. email@example.com