As the year is winding down, I’d like to take a moment to reflect. It has been a huge year for me, and I want to talk about how I got here. If you are looking to move forward with being an entrepreneur or starting your own company, I’d like to give you my road map thus far.
It started when I was a kid. 🙂 But really. I’ve always been a dreamer but even more so, a believer. I believe that if you really, really, really, really want something, there’s no reason you can’t have it. I was always a good student. School came very easy for me, but I never excelled at anything. I couldn’t ever really put my finger quite on what I wanted to be when I grew up. All I knew is that I wanted to do big things, be famous or an influencer (though that’s quite a new term) of sorts. I’ve always been confident that I am capable of doing anything I wanted to if I put my mind to it. When I was in high school I wanted to be a cheerleader. I tried out my freshman year, didn’t make it. I enrolled in a competition cheerleading squad at a local gym then tried out the next year and made it.
In middle school I tried out for volleyball (made the c team) tried out for basketball (got cut from that one) went to every track practice never to make a meet. But you know what, I kept trying. I am very good at persistence. When I got pregnant I was scared to get an epidural. I had sciatic nerve problems and read that the needle could make those worse, so instead I convinced myself to have my babies naturally without the epidural. I read lots of books about women who had done this. I went to classes and mentally prepared myself for it (after all, this is an incredibly natural thing) and I did it. With both of my babies (the 6lb one AND the 9lb 4oz giant baby that I wouldn’t dilate all the way for :/) I then wanted to breastfeed both my kids for a year (this is not to spark controversy, I’m a huge supporter of all mom’s choices). I was a restaurant manager that worked 10 hour+ days 5 days a week, but ya know what, I did it.
I guess that paragraph was written as a back story. Who I am leading up to this moment. What I did to practice the persistence I need to make this business successful. But this year, I believe it started with my Cross Fit journey (read about it here). I have never been athletic (as I wrote above) but I knew what I needed to do. And I did it. I worked my ass off and stayed consistent. And I still go 3x a week because there is no way I’m starting over. I could say though it started when I decided to stop restaurant managing. I needed a plan to do that, so I decided to get my teacher certification. While I was doing that, a friend said I could help him with his businesses promoting, throwing parties and getting more people in the door. I agreed and started to do it. In the mean time, this meant posting on social media for the bars. Right about the time I ended my 6 week Cross Fit challenge, I attended a different work out class and was super inspired by their Instagram. I started to emulate that for the client I had, and it took off. I realized that I could do this as a business. It takes the creativity I love, taking pictures (I love that too) and social media (I was an AIM girl so this stuff is second nature.) But how was I going to build this business? Here’s what I did:
- Started a social media (Facebook & Instagram) for it.
- Created a website with a blog (started posting once a week)
- Started attending networking events (It’s not what you know, it’s who you know)
- Created my DBA and registered with the county
- Reached out to people I know who might need my services to try to gain clients
- Reached out to the LiftFund Women’s Business Center in San Antonio <-GREAT RESOURCE
- Made new friends who knew things I didn’t know and attended events I’d never heard of
- Be consistent in posting, in being social, in networking, in working, in waking up early, in being grateful, in setting goals…….
I am so excited for 2019. I have new goals and new directions. Everyday I wake up is a new step forward.