Once I went to college, I was actively day trading, and quite successful. It was 1999 after all. What's it like to go to class and come back and have made $2500? Pretty. Darn. Awesome. I might not need that corporate job after all, I decided. I was still pursuing my degree, I just wasn't too worried about what would come next. Internship? Psshh.
And then the market crashed. Like really crashed. I distinctly the MSNBC anchors were wearing hard hats. Plan B needed to happen. Stat.
I moved back to my hometown of Morton, Il, much to the horror of my 17 year old self. I tried working for the family business but it just wasn't for me. I got into mortgage banking and ended up loving it. I pretty much figured my career was set in banking. And then, 205 West Jefferson went on the market and it all changed.
"I'm going to open a coffee shop!" I exclaimed gleefully as only a 24 year old can do. Why NOT do that and continue to work at the bank? I was married, we both had solid jobs and no kids. What could go wrong? "I can make this work."
And it did....for awhile. After about a year though, it wasn't working. It was too much. I was exhausted and had lost 10 pounds on my already small frame. Eye drops were becoming a daily necessity to remove the tiredness showing in my eyes. I was spending 40+ hours at the bank followed by 40+ hours at the shop each week. Something had to give, so I quit my job, much to my family's horror. Oh and I got divorced too. Why not just get the whole mid-life crisis out of the way at 25 so I can get on with life? "I can make this work" was becoming my mantra.
So there I was, single, running a coffee shop, no insurance, no income and living upstairs AT the coffee shop. A recipe for disaster, right?
I made it work.
If there's no other option than something working, what do you think you're going to do? You're going to work your butt off to make it work.
Sounds simple enough, right? Sure. But I also had a father who ran a 3rd generation family business. I had an open minded mother who was an artist. I had good connections. I had people I could rely on for advice. Not to discredit myself for working my butt off, but I had a good circle of influence.
Do you have something you want so badly you're willing to sacrifice almost anything for it? Are you prepared to work your butt off? Do you have a strong network to support you?
Business consultants offer that third key part....the support and guidance you need to be successful. If you can answer the first two questions with a resounding YES but can't seem to get things GOING, send me message. Let's see if I can't help you make it work.