The shop is officially 1 year old! In this time I've learned A LOT. So I've put together a list of the most valuable things I've learned as a small business owner.
Little Things Make All The Difference.
It's easy to get so wrapped up thinking about the big picture items, but it's also important to remember the little things. As a small business, money is usually pretty tight, so you have to leave some of the 'luxuries' behind with your nine-to-five job. When I first opened the shop I cut back on pretty much all things beauty related: no regular haircuts, no new make-up products and no manicures or pedicures. Now a year in, I still don't spend much on those things but I allow myself a mani/pedi every once in a while. Even though it's small, it's really a good pick-me-up and moral boost. After all, if we've learned anything from Parks and Rec it's #TreatYoSelf.
There are so many hurdles when starting a new business. But it's not the end of the world, and you're not alone. Any problem you're having has been solved before and it's easy to learn from other's experiences.
Before I opened the shop I met with other business-owners to ask "what do you wish you knew when you were starting your business?".
The amazing thing about Oakland is the local love. Oakland business-owners like Alanna from Urban Stitch, Tommy from Two Jacks Denim, Keri from Marion & Rose's Workshop and Terry and Julia of Qulture Collective are great sources of support and inspiring to be around.
From all of this, I learned that control is really just an illusion. I put together extensive budgets, timelines, and construction schedules, but at the end of the day I could have never predicted what happened. This taught me to be more comfortable with being uncomfortable (although I still fight it).
In the last year, I've met so many incredible people with a multitude of different backgrounds and interests. Everyone has a story and when you just take a second to listen most people are happy to share it. Oakland is filled with so many interesting, creative and passionate people. I've learned to slow down and take the time to find something in common with most of the people who come through the shop, and I've been able to turn customers into friends.
Enjoy the Ride.
Thank you for your support during our first year and see you in 2016!