Woah Facebook timehop just got me right in the feels..... Reminding me this time last year I left my very well paid, comfortable if a bit monotonous day job to work on The Simply Small Co full time. My lovely work colleagues decorated my desk as a parting gift. I miss them like mad. Office bantz was the best 😁
Prior to that, I had been working and trying to get my business off the ground and it just wasn't working. I couldn't do my job, run the business and be a good wife and mother. I was failing on all counts and losing my mind.
So my husband (my biggest supporter) encouraged me to take the leap. I didn't really have a plan ( still don't if I'm honest). Now my 'work colleagues' are customers and my fellow traders in Newcastle's Grainger Market. People from all walks of life, no two days are the same. Nobody tells me what to do, gives me a deadline or tells me 'you can't do that, it's not the right procedure'. I AM in charge.
Was it worth it? Emotionally yes. Financially? Not yet! Time will tell. Has it worked out the way I thought it would? Nope, it's full of curve balls the main one being opening the little shop to run along with the online element of the business. Me, a shop girl?! That was never my intention.
What I have learned this past year is. If you don't like something, change it. I worked for 9 years in my last job and spent the last 3 years, really not enjoying it. My old work colleagues tell me they miss me but I bet they don't miss my Monday grumps and constant moaning. I was just taking a wage because it was 'cushy' and I could work part-time around my family. I'm not saying you have to jack your job in and start your own business. Just change something, anything! Because it's not going to get better on its own. You won't suddenly wake up one day and find a bad situation suddenly happy unless you change something in it.
I'm not afraid of change anymore. I was always worried about what others would think of me (still am a bit) but if something makes me unhappy or I'm not digging something. I know now that I won't be afraid to change it. Because at least I tried.
The Simply Small Life Blog is a behind the scenes look at what goes into running an independent children's retailer. Written by Nat SS a North East Mam (#notamumpreneur) of two who founded and runs The Simply Small Co. All opinions are her own. Copyright of The Simply Small Co.