5 things I have learned so far…after starting the business

1. There is less time to blog.

I look back to when I first starting posting my journey, there was something like 17 posts that first month. I am lucky if I can squeak in 2 now. It has become one more thing TO DO. But I enjoy it and want to spend more time on it when I can. So if it is important, keep doing it. It is a thing on the To Do list, but it is a good thing. That is with anything that gets to be a “burden” Do an assessment, if is important to you and necessary, keep on, otherwise, let it go.

2. The majority of people want me to succeed.

Why did that surprise me? No idea. I guess in the days of negativity, I believed that why would anyone root for me? There has been sooo much support. From the city leaders, to the people in charge of the grant, to my family and friends and just local people. At first, the locals didn’t know what the store was going to be. There has been a lot of curious townspeople that have stopped by. The negative person in me would say to snoop. When they keep coming back in to see what is happening, I feel, maybe, there is a little hope and encouragement and EXCITEMENT!!

3. I probably will find enough old stuff to work on.

My biggest worry was running out of stuff to work on and to keep the store filled up, Right now, my work room is full to the brim. I just don’t have enough time to work on all of it! There is always a “lead” Someone on my list that has either contacted me to get their stuff or I have heard about. Really…. that was my biggest worry when I started this business… “How would I keep the old stuff coming in?” Isn’t it funny how the things that worry us the most, end up being NOTHING to worry about?? That is why God tells us to put our worries in his hands. He will take the burden. Trust in the Lord.

4. There is only so much time in a day (which has been said how many times?)

At first, I was probably running on adrenaline. The excitement of what was to come. I worked my 40 hours a week at the clinic, stopped by the shop to see what Nate was doing, yeah, he was working, but that was usual. I did what I could on the remodel. Really, what he accomplished in about 3 weeks is remarkable. He is awesome. I am lucky he had a little time off work to help me out. 

We have agreement after 20 years together. He says he can’t, then I say he can! I am his encourager, his cheerleader, his believer, his boss and his motivator. I believe in him to my core. Anything he does, I completely have faith in him. I know he will succeed in anything he does. He is smart and a hard worker and I am so very lucky to have him in my life.

Fast forward to the girl that is writing this. I believe I have held up pretty well, with the occasional melt down. Really not huge issues considering. I may drink a little beer once in a while, or a glass of wine or (whine) I need to give my all at my job at the clinic—-40 hours a week. I did negotiate my hours down to 2o/week starting this coming June. By negotiate, I mean at the clinic AND the above worshipped man, NATE. He is soooo stable, he does not like risk. But my goodness…. how much can I take? Like, there is only so much hours in a day right? I bitched about this in a previous post, so I won’t go there again. LOL. My take on this is, you will know your melting/boiling point. Listen to it. Things will work out. Even though I will get 20 hours less at Sanford, I will probably put 40 more in at Tattered a week. What it that old saying? The more you make the more you spend? Totally true. Give it up. Give something up. For me, it has been my housework. I like to have a clean house. Suppers are also lacking and my time with the family in the evenings have been sacrificed. That is why I need to cut down at the clinic. There has to be BALANCE. Which, I think, was also a previous post.

 

5. Some things come easy

When there is a passion, I believe things will come easy because it doesn’t seem so much like work. That is why your Mom said find what you truly enjoy doing and make a career out of it. I tell my son Tucker that. He is 17, he will be a senior next year. He loves motors and tires and mud. He loves the outdoors and his friends and girls. So, I have encouraged him to find something he really enjoys. He wants to attend college, I don’t know if that will come easy for him. Of course I support his choice. As a Mom, I have encouraged him to go for conservation management, because with his desire for college and me knowing he loves the outdoors, I think that should come easy. That is for him to find out. I just have to love him and support him. 

For me, there have been things that have come easy or at least easier than I thought. Like above mentioned, getting old furniture has been easier that I thought. 

I also have worked many, many hours more than I am use to. I don’t watch TV much anymore and haven’t missed it too much. Usually there is so many re-runs, I figured it will play again soon enough. So, I don’t mind working more and sitting on the couch less. If only someone would do our housework!

Customers: They are there!! I really didn’t know what to expect. I just believed they would come. I am surprised every weekend with the support and encouragement I receive. I am learning as I go. I throw out an ad in a paper (which I think is so expensive and hate spending $ on) I don’t advertise that much. One of the hard things now that is a downfall is that customers are confused as to when the store is open. Until June when I can reduce the hours to part time, I really can’t publicize the future hours.

The flip side of customers is competitors and peers. I think the biggest misconception in business is that everybody needs to fight for themselves. I started from scratch.

So many times I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. I will tell you one thing. Find some friends in the business. The people I thought would be competitors when I first started, were my biggest assets!. Meghan from The Red Poppy and Becky from Aunt B’s have been such a resource for me! They have been so generous with all my newbie questions. I hope I can be a help to someone who is starting out. It’s wonderful up in the north country to have friends in the business and to network with these gals who have already traveled down my path and are courageous, LIKE ME!!

So, I will keep trudging on. I have pissed off some people I am sure and inspired the ones that really matter. I have only been open for 3 months and have only BARELY scuffed the surface. I have so much to do, of course not enough time to do it all. Two nights ago I prayed to God to make me a less negative person. Shit, I don’t have time to be negative. I am on Facebook. It is a wonderful tool for marketing the business. There is also a personal side. Honestly, isn’t there “friends” that annoy and irritate you? For me, YES! So much that I was finding myself getting very distracted and negative from what those people were saying. WTH?? Do I need or have have time for that? NO.

Sorry for the personal side of the business, but we are all people after all and that is part of the business too. So embrace it! Love you guys, thanks for your support!

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