Exactly a week ago, my life turned upside down (in a good way) when the Mary Pauline Salon Branch first opened its doors to clients. I’m grateful to God for all the blessings and opportunities that came my way this 2013. I’m a newbie to the salon business but I draw courage from the overwhelming assistance and support of my family, and my good friend, Mary Pauline Danga-Obias.
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My life was OK before the salon opened — I blog, teach foreign students, and accept paid article writing for a few brands. Yes, I’ve been living an OK life and enjoying it. But since the salon opened, I have to reconsider my priorities and rearrange my schedule all over again. Only one thing did not move from the erratic list: my husband and my daughter.
I’ve featured quite a few mompreneurs in this blog and I never thought that one day I’d be “interviewing myself” and share these thoughts to my readers. You could not really “feel” for the mompreneurs until you become one yourself.
There are several things I realized about myself in this transition that I want to share with you. If you’re a mompreneur or wanting to become a mompreneur, I hope you can find bits of encouragement and lesson from my own experience.
- Encourage yourself. When you’re starting your own business or already have one, your self should be your number one encourager. There are times that you are there alone, sitting down and looking at your business stats, wondering if you will succeed or fail. Bring tons of positivity in your mind and don’t lose heart.
- Accept the fact that the challenging stage in any business is to begin. People need time to familiarize themselves with your product or service. Be very patient! You need to let them know that your business exists. During the first few days, it is normal to be with little or no sales or revenue at all.
- Love your business. This is what my husband left me with before he flew back to serve in his workplace. As much as possible, please see to it that you know even the littlest up to the major details in your business. Get down and know the people behind your business. Be a hands-on mompreneur.
- Pray, pray, pray. Include your business in your daily prayers. Every morning before I head to the salon, I utter a prayer in my heart to bless the business, the clients that would be coming in, and the people I’m working with.
- Always be teachable and humble. Invest in your mind as a mompreneur. Don’t be shy to ask questions and be ready to accept corrections and relevant feedback from the people around you.
I still have a long way to go and I still have tons to learn. One thing I’m sure of: I’ll do my very best to make this opportunity count. I’m treating this business like my third child (this blog is my second) and I’d nurture it the way I nurture the people and things I love.
I hope you pay a visit to the Mary Pauline Salon soon. 🙂
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