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The ups and downs of owning your own biz

Posted on 2007.08.05 at 16:03
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When I first decided to start my own business selling cloth diapers and accessories, I had a pretty idealistic image of how it would all happen. I envisioned myself spending perhaps a few hours a day sewing, and working on a cute little website in the meantime. I thought it would be so easy and fun to pull together. Little did I realize how much WORK it would be, and how much time it would actually take!

Chasing after a toddler, plus having housewife duties to keep up with, sometimes meant that I didn't get to sit down to work for days or even weeks at a time. Sewing machine malfunctions or breakdowns meant that I couldn't create some of the items I'd planned on selling. Computer problems kept me from making my website look how I wanted it to. And all the other ins and outs of life meant that my "easy and fun" little business became a lot of hard work that I often couldn't find the time to do.

Sometimes the thought crossed my mind that perhaps this was too difficult, that I'd bitten off more than I could chew, that I couldn't handle this. But I'd invested too much time, money, energy and ideas into this to just give up when the going got tough. I knew that I really wanted to do this, and I hoped that the end result would be worth all the trouble.

I've learned to roll with the punches, so to speak, and change my outlook according to what life throws at me. Now that I am finally ready to open my business, it's not quite what I had imagined it to be, but it is close enough, and I can keep working at it to make it better.

I've put a lot of love into the products I'm selling, and I hope people appreciate them and come back for more. I suppose that's the best I can hope for, in the end!

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