I have started countless businesses. A serial entrepreneur of sorts. Some of the business ideas actually made it out of my head and onto paper. Some of them even made it as far as video and some of them as far as an actual social media page; which as we know is the pinnacle of all successful startups.
When I was pregnant with my daughter I was diagnosed with high blood pressure that required medication. I was determined to get off of the medication with diet and exercise and just knew that somewhere in my health troubles was a business. I was ready to get off of the medication, change lives and start my business. Check out Passion4Preshur on Twitter if you'd like to see how successful that was. Actually, I'll save you the trouble. The Twitter account was as far as I got. I did however successfully get off of medication with changes to my diet and exercise. Woo hoo!
Jumping rope had become a regular part of my exercise routine and hope was not lost. My next business venture would start as YouTube channel where I would jump rope, share inspiration and create a community for other moms to discuss the struggles of balancing work, motherhood, and self-care. So I went about the business of recording footage wherever I could. I jumped rope in my garage while the kids were asleep. I jumped at our neighborhood park. I even went so far as to jump on vacation in Hawaii. This Mom Jumps (the name of the company) was obviously on track to become a global phenomenon. The thing is I never did start that YouTube channel but recently took a stroll back through the footage. This clip about sums up the venture.
I eventually put the camera and the rope down.
Putting the rope down didn't mean I'd stop jumping into the quest for entrepreneurship. I was just warming up! If your pet has yet to sleep on a Paw Pause Pet Bed that's because I have the unfinished prototypes up in my attic waiting for the finishing stitches.
Speaking of stitches, one of those social media pages did manage to generate some revenue and let me utilize my passion for crafts and sewing. I've spent many late nights and hours personalizing gifts for little ones under the Because I Said Sew name and the funds from that business helped start another business that didn't get very far and another that is growing and bringing me a lot of Joy.
I'm learning that's the basic formula for starting a business. Jump. Try something. Stop talking yourself out of the things you want to try. Stop waiting for permission from someone to do the things you want to do. When it comes down to it your business ideas may sound crazy but they are yours and ultimately they are only your business. If you're worried about what people will think then keep the ideas to yourself until you're ready to make the jump.
May your days be filled with compassion, your faith remain strong, may growth be your compass and joy fill your tables.