Five years ago…

I finished college five years ago today. A lot has changed, for better or for worse, most of it is definitely for the better. Reminiscing is always fun! It has been quite a journey just in the last five years, and then thinking about ten years ago?! Wow. I’ve grown so much as a person and continue to grow. Did I think I’d be running my own business at the age of 27? Nope. Did I think I’d even have a dog? Nah. Did I think I would be a bartender? Not at all. Did I think I’d travel to so many parts of the world? Never. Yet here I am. Do I regret any of it? No, not really.

Running your own business is probably one of the most challenging things you could ever do. It’s mentally taxing, physically tiring and emotionally devastating at times. It’s also extremely rewarding and something that is to be so proud of. I’ve learned more about different aspects of life than I ever thought I would just by starting a business.

The best thing you could ever do is ask questions. I met up with a guy from Small Business Association who told me exactly what I needed to start my business when it came to licenses. I’ve also sat down with friends who run their own business and asked them questions that I thought would make me sound super dumb.

To quote one of my favorite songs, “If I fall back down, you’re gonna help me back up again, If I fall back down, you’re gonna be my friend.” – Rancid

If you’re debating whether or not you should start your own business, feel free to ask me questions. Although a majority of the time I’m thinking, “alright, act like you know what you’re doing. You got this,” I do know some things. Google is also an amazing tool. Just make sure what you read about is credible.

We’re all in this crazy, messed up and beautiful world together.