For when it’s all just too much

I had a rough couple of days last week. Being a business owner is hard. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I get to create pretty things in my studio, and I still pinch myself that this is my JOB. It’s what I’ve dreamed of doing since I was a little girl drawing pictures and hanging them all over my room.

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BUT. The business side of things can be completely overwhelming. There is bookkeeping to stay on top of, and liability insurance, and worker’s comp for a new employee we just hired, and taxes to pay, and the list goes on and on. It’s the stuff that makes me want to just forget that I’m a responsible human being and go binge on Netflix. Can I get an amen?

Aside from the business stuff, we are working on some new products for this year, and I’m working on licensing some of my designs with an international company. There are a lot of moving parts and most of the time, I feel like I don’t know what in the world I am doing.

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There is a lot of new territory that feels BIG and a little bit scary. We are experiencing growing pains and, while it’s exciting, it also feels risky and hard.

Thankfully not every day is so hard, but when it is, here is what I’ve found helps to get me through:

  • Talk with someone who understands. For me, I texted my lady-boss friend Janelle. It is so helpful to have someone in my life who understands the challenges of running a business and encourages me to keep going. Sometimes you need people in your life who have faith in you and can see the potential in you that you just can’t see for yourself.
  • Do the next thing, however small it might be. Make the phone call. Write the email. Make the decision you’ve been putting off. This gives me momentum to keep going and makes me feel like I’m making progress, even if it’s super small.
  • Don’t look at what other people are doing who are in your field. For me, when I start comparing what I am doing with what someone else is doing, I feel inadequate and defeated. It just isn’t helpful to me.
  • Do something completely different. Go outside. Take a walk. Read a book. Getting my mind off work stuff helps to refocus me and gives me new energy to come back and tackle it again.
  •  Get enough sleep. This is super hard for me. I love to stay up late after putting the kids to bed. It’s the only time in the day where I can feel like I can relax, and I want to soak that time in. But sleep is so important. Especially since I’m not a coffee drinker (much to the dismay of my husband who would love for me to drink with him).

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This business-owning thing is never going to get easy, and I’ll never have it all figured out. There is always more to learn and someone will always be further along than we are. We’ll make lots of mistakes and go through highs and lows and make things up as we go along. There will be days where it feels like it would be so much easier to give up.

Be encouraged. You aren’t alone. We can totally do this! 

 

24 thoughts on “For when it’s all just too much

  1. Stay encouraged!! You are a great inspiration! I’ve loved following you since the day I stumbled onto your blog. It’s not just the beauty of your work (which is absolutely amazing!) it’s your character and your story. I’m an adoptive parent too, I’m trying to make a dent in this world with my testimony and my new love for sign making. I feel so small and inexperienced but then I read something like this and I am ready to take on the world again!!!! God bless your family and business!!!

  2. Oh my!! You can’t quit now!! You have so MUCH going for you!! And you’re signs are inspiring people all over the world!! I pray God will place people in your life to build hope and courage in you and help you thro the hard places!!

  3. Creative business are the toughest. Part of you wants to just be “the creative” and part of you wants to run your business successfully. Know that nobody can do both easily, but nobody can do it better for your business than you! Keep up the great work.

  4. Just for encouragement…your work is beautiful! And while I’m not a business owner and I’m sure that being one isn’t easy, I’m sure you have what it takes. Keep up the good work!

  5. This is just so good!! I’m just getting a business started and waffle back and forth between feeling super excited and feeling like “what in the world am I getting myself into??!” =) I will be saving this blog post and coming back to it later, I’m sure! =)

  6. Exactly what I needed to hear today! Especially the comparison part! It’s so hard not to compare but it really does take me nowhere! It hinders me from doing that next thing. Thanks for sharing this post!

  7. Aimee, thanks for your honesty! I know you have a lot going on but you are doing a great job and what a blessing to have your hubs there with you to help with the decisions and the work! I know that i can feel overwhelmed at times too and i dont do anything…cricket, cricket…so i can only imagine how its exponentially harder for you. I’ll pray for you and i’m here for you!

  8. I love you very much Aimee and I know your best days are ahead of you! I LOVE thinking about how far you’ve come and CANNOT WAIT TO HAVE A FRONT ROW SEAT to the places you’ll go! xoxo Thanks for sharing this journey with me!

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