5 Min ReadBusiness 08 May 2020
Every person's entrepreneurship journey is not a walk in the park; for most of us, it is a leap of faith and requires at least a sacrifice or two... or ten. Some entrepreneurial journeys take a lot of time and some seriously difficult decisions before a person is even able to begin building their business. I'm talking about leaving a job that you've been in for years, telling your partner, children, and family that you are quitting a stable job to build a business, sometimes with nothing to go on but an idea. And let's be honest, people will look at you and say, "Are you out of your mind?" The answer is, of course, no.
You are not out of your mind for wanting more than a nine to five, living paycheck to paycheck, working for someone else, struggling to establish a financial future that will not only serve you but that will also provide generational wealth — not even in a global crisis. In fact, I believe that a crisis can be the perfect time to make the jump and establish your business and even make a profit.
The world is currently experiencing something unprecedented. It is not just the pandemic that is such a hard reality to face, but it is the magnitude of its impact that really has everyone devastated. COVID-19 has brought on so much loss and tragedy, and it is hard to be optimistic at times, especially as a budding entrepreneur when businesses are being forced to close their doors.
Let me first say, for anyone who is frustrated by this pandemic, your feelings are valid. Everyone has a right to say "I am not okay right now" without being judged or targeted. We are grieving, we are transitioning, we are recovering, and it takes time! There is a lot to consider and adapt to that we are not used to having to think about in such a pressing time frame. I, as a mother of six, had my children to think about — making sure they are well, safe, and that I am able to continuously provide for them and ensure they are not forced to become a statistic of a circumstance that is beyond their control.
You are not out of your mind for wanting more than a nine to five, living paycheck to paycheck
I knew that things were going to change soon, with all the widespread news surrounding coronavirus and I needed to prepare. So, I set a goal to make $1M dollars in 100 days. And, you know what? I did it. And you know what else? If you set a goal, no matter how big, you can do it, too. I am sharing my tips on how to help get you started.
For some people in the world, trying to grow a business during a pandemic is just too much, and it's important to understand that that is okay. No one is required to come out of this with a new source of income, with more business, more clients, or a new "dream." If you are like me and are interested in (and able to be) propelling your business and creating a plan of action to help avoid the financial impact of this crisis, the attitude of determination is one of the things that will keep you going.
It was not a simple journey but I was committed. Commitment generated results and those results drove me to set bigger goals.
I, as a cosmetology professional, knew how the shutdown could affect my industry. Of course, when essential workers are being determined by local governments, what may seem necessary to some may not be necessary for others. There are dozens of posts on social media either coercing people to be productive or shaming them for it, when truthfully the best advice is to allow people to do what works for them. What worked for me was deciding that I wanted to defy the crisis, in a sense. I decided that I wanted my company to blossom rather than crumble under pressure. So, I set a goal, I wrote out my vision, and I got to work!
But here's the thing. I am no stranger to struggle, hard work, and making something out of virtually nothing. I grew up in foster care and have experienced homelessness and living in shelters with a small child. I decided to go into business for myself, creating haircare line Arcani Coil Care in 2017. Although many have told me this was far-fetched and would be too difficult to accomplish, I knew that I was destined to build this business and give back to my community.
My products include vegan-based temporary hair colors, a men's beard care kit, children's curl mousse, edge control products, leave-in conditioners, lock cream, and more. It was not a simple journey but I was committed. Commitment generated results and those results drove me to set bigger goals. Not only making sure my children and family were okay, but also making sure my employee and their families had job security during this pandemic as well.
I decided that I wanted my company to blossom rather than crumble under pressure.
Back in January when the news of coronavirus began to spread, I noticed that my business started picking up significantly. I realized that I had to do something major to take care of not just my family, but my clients as well. With the implementation of #socialdistancing, I knew it was important to churn out more product in a short period of time. How could I do it? Consistency. I had to be consistent with the marketing and promotion of the products and their success. This meant setting sales goals, working longer hours, being relentless about what I wanted, and what I am capable of as well as being diligent with social media.
All I knew was if Madam CJ Walker could do it with her business at the time of the Spanish Flu, I could do it today. And, I did.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist