Do What You Want

Do what you want. By that, I don’t mean you should just run around screaming, “There’s no rules!” while wearing socks and sandals.

The transition from college into the real world can be rough. Sometimes, people realize they hated their major and made a huge mistake. They can’t find a job. They get a job and like it, but have bigger dreams than the typical 8-5 grind they’re in.

So what to do?

Recently, Ben and I moved and I had to leave my corporate graphic design job. I absolutely loved it, but I always wondered what it would be like to venture out on my own and start a business. 

It’s been a few months now and it’s been awesome and rough at the same time. Nothing can quite prepare you for the shock of moving to a new area AND trying to start a business from scratch. It’s difficult but rewarding. Although I'm not even close to having it all figured out, I’m learning a few things along the way:

1.     Start simple: So maybe you have a ton of interests and talents. It’s hard to do a lot of things well, and it’s easy to get burned out. Focus on one or two things that you really love and are good at, and leave the others as hobbies. For instance, I do photography and design. I leave the crocheting, knitting, cooking, and just general “old lady” hobbies for my free time. Maybe someday a project or recipe will make an appearance on the blog, but it’s not necessarily a part of my business.

2.    It’s OK to change your mind: You can have an idea of what you want, and then get into it and realize you want to go in a different direction, offer a different product, etc. That’s perfectly ok. It’s natural to have your plans shift and evolve as you grow.

3.     You’re not going to have it all figured out: You don’t have to know everything about business, blogging, SEO, etc. Just work hard to expand your knowledge. Read books and articles, find a professional who will mentor you, and get customer feedback.

4.     Don’t try and convince yourself that you like something just because it’s the thing to do: Do what you want to do because it’s what YOU want, not just because it’s popular. Having a business is great, but it’s definitely not for everyone. 8-5s are stable but they also aren’t for everyone.

 

No matter what you want to do, don’t be afraid to pursue it. You might fail, but that’s ok. You’ll never know if you never try, right?