How My Life Changed After Starting A Business

Updated: Apr 6

Full disclosure: A LOT.


So Nefisa's Niche isn't just a blog where I share my stories and experiences in hopes of inspiring people to be the best version of themselves. It's also a small business that I started on Etsy.


Because I didn't want to just stop at blog writing, since I love putting my eggs in multiple baskets. I know I have so much more to offer, and that's why I sell items such as gorgeous wall art, minimal stickers and stylish bookmarks.


These products are still with the intention of inspiration. I believe that there are multiple ways you can derive motivation from. It can come through positive affirmations, accurate representation, self care, etc.


And that's why I have so many goals for products that I will be releasing throughout the year. My goal is for my Etsy shop to be a full blown online store with multiple collections such as coffee mugs, tote bags, journals and more.




But what people don't tell you about being a business owner is all the silent battles you face. My small business is still in its infancy but it has grown so much and with that, I've learned a lot.


Like how when you dip your toes into the business world, you're wearing multiple hats. I am customer service, order fulfillment, content creation and product development all at once. That has been the hardest to grasp, by far. Doing everything pretty much on my own and finding the time to do it.


Oh.


The time.


Let's talk about that.


The way I have a 9-5 and a 5-9 at the same time is insane. Having a full time job is demanding enough but once I clock out, my second shift begins. But not before doing chores, helping out around the house; you know, oldest daughter duties. These days, I've been going to bed around 3am because I stay up packing orders, updating inventory, analyzing website traffic, designing content, etc.


It is so demanding now, I can only imagine how exhausting it'll be once my business grows even more.


Ooo, another thing that has changed since starting a business.


I don't just mean the physical exhaustion of running a business but also how mentally draining it can be. The amount of times I've sat at the dining table at 2am with tons of items that haven't been restocked yet on top of the orders I still have to prepare, I contemplated so many times "What if I just stop right now? Just forget about the whole business thing?"


I am so blessed to have friends and family who keep me going and are always pushing me but that almost means nothing if I don't believe in myself. Encouraging myself to keep going even when things aren't going so well is a huge obstacle to face. Especially when you don't see the fruits of your labor right away.


I've also learned that owning a business requires a lot of planning. Coming out with a new product includes so much behind the scenes work with developing the product, creating promotional content as well as the marketing materials, preparing inventory, packing influencer orders, and more.


Starting a business has to be the most stressful part of my life but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Because it's my business, it's my idea come to life, it's something I built from the ground up and I couldn't be more proud of how far I've come in such a short amount of time. I'm manifesting this now; by the will of God, this business will flourish and grow.


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