It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready." - Hugh Laurie
This quote has resonated with me recently. As a young female small business entrepreneur with a full time job, I have struggled with keeping my head in the game for my new business.
I had this idea of starting my own wedding planning/ high end elopement business since February of 2015. I have kept it to myself and sheltered the business. I have used excuses like: I need my finances in order, I have to get the accounting figured out, first I need to have all my legal ducks in a row, the Dash social media needs to be strong before I do any additional marketing... Excuse after excuse...
Some of those things did need to be handled, and I feel confident I didn't just jump in to a business before doing my homework.
It takes a leap of faith to start a business. It takes guts, and it is the scariest thing I have ever done. It is taking my passion, and putting it into a form where anyone could laugh, dismiss, or worse... reject it! In my opinion, it is worse than dating. It's like exposing one of the most delicate parts of who I am to the world and saying, "please like me!"
I kept telling myself I need to be ready, I need to have everything ready before I put Dash out there! I have also seen a quote along the lines of "if everyone waited until they were felt ready, no one would be anywhere."
What if I never feel 100% ready? I could keep Dash all to myself, protected and away from any nay-sayers. It would never fail, because I would never put it out there... But what is the point of all the work I have done to get it this far? It could fail, but I believe wholeheartedly it will succeed!
I am sure I will continue to struggle with it... But I'm determined to continue trekking along, not 100% ready. To all the business owners who have gone through what I have, I commend you. To all the future entrepreneurs out there, know you are not the only one & keep your head up!