How Not To Start A Small Business

15 Jul

So as you all may know because I shove it down your throats on social media, I (along with my best friend) have started a small business. It’s a bracelet business called Liz & Lorraine and you can actually go check out our collection here. No pressure though.

Anyways, it’s obviously been fun making bracelets with my best friend. Every (or most) girls’ dream, right? Right – I think. But it’s also been one of the most difficult things I have ever taken on. I now respect the shit even more than ever out of the small business owner because SHIT.IS.HARD. I definitely have made it even harder on myself by taking this bracelet bizz on in the midst of getting a new management job that requires me to learn accounting for the first time ever. (Side note: I purposely picked a college major in social sciences that wouldn’t require me to take more than 2 basic math courses, that backfired in my face when I learned that Statistics and Psychology go hand-in-hand. My point is that I suck shit at math and accounting was a foreign language to me at first.) So I am in the midst of training for a new job and that’s going well, but I have this blog that I need to keep up with and have been failing pretty miserably at. I know that sounds like a crock of shit but do you know how hard it is to come up with material to write about in 2 paragraphs or more at least once a week? I get out of work, brain fried from accounting, and all I want to do is pour a glass of Rite Aid wine, and live tweet Catfish. Like, live tweet until the point of this happening: Screen Shot 2013-07-14 at 10.16.00 PM

I totally deserved that call out from a virtual stranger for all the live tweeting I was doing, but it really was a wake up call to me that maybe I need to slow down and focus on one thing. Because when I focus on too much, it just snowballs into this giant Twitter feed of total MTV bullshit. So I decided just to focus on one thing, but of course instead of focusing on a project I am already involved in, I decided to take on a new one the very next day in the form of a pizza party for cancer patients. Good cause, good time, and I am still looking for more volunteers so if you are interested, sign up by clicking the link below after you read the description:

Helping people is good for the soul. It’s a win win. Sorry for another plug.

But back to the entire point of this clusterfuck: if you want to start a small business, get your shit together first. Make sure you research materials (I have spent enough on fucking beads to buy a sugar free Redbull once a day for ten years) instead of buying things that look good online. Because you want to sell quality shit. The leftover material I have from bracelet trial runs is total bullshit. But when you start something, you should go all in. 100% quality, 100% of the time. Takes way too much trial and error, but I guess that’s how you find quality materials. So #1: get your shit together. #2: avoid live tweeting reality TV shows when you should be focusing. #3: research, research, research.

Now if I could just follow those steps, maybe I’d be able to make my own small business succeed…




2 Responses to “How Not To Start A Small Business”

  1. William tells all July 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    Hate to say it, but do be sure to pay attention to your accounting training/course at your day job.

  2. 軽量 折りたたみ傘 August 17, 2013 at 3:22 am #

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