Entrepreneurship is such a broad term. It seems like when people think “entrepreneurship”, they think of business meetings, networking with hotshots, bottom lines, endless grit ect. All that plays a role in entrepreneurship, but I feel that the core of it is very simple. Every entrepreneur (established or just starting out) that I genuinely respect has built their practice on love. And it’s important to differentiate the love of your craft and the love of money. Love is not greedy or malicious. In a way, love goes hand in hand with passion. Aren’t love and passion why we build businesses of our own despite the risk of failure?
It’s still hard to wrap my head around the fact that my best friend and I have actually started a beauty company. I know you’re not supposed to start a business with your best friend, but our friendship is true and tested. So believe in us okay? We were in the planning stage for months. We really needed something to get us off the ground. Just last Tuesday, I came across the opportunity to launch some products at a Christmas concert and we decided to take it. Essentially, we have one month to develop products, branding, packaging, and social media.
After much more discussion, we decided that our first two products will be a lip balm and a bath bomb. Balm & Bomb- get it? We also decided to call ourselves Sugar Free Beauty. The meaning of our name is that we show our true selves to the world- no falsities, no fluff, no sugar. It’s kind of ironic considering we both love sweets.
Has it been hectic? Yes. Amazon packages are arriving left and right.
Is it scary? Absolutely. I’m about to run for the hills.
Will it be worth it? Honestly, I have no clue yet.
Actually, the concept of entrepreneurship isn’t new to me. When I was a kid, I’d make these crafts from whatever I found around the house. And then I’d put them all up on a “for sale” wall. I remember selling an impromptu checkerboard to a family friend for a dollar and was overjoyed. I tried to sell paintings in twelfth grade but it didn’t quite work out. I almost started a charity as my fourth year capstone project before my professor told me the scope was ridiculous.
There’s a saying that when all else fails, you should follow your instincts. I wouldn’t know, since I always put instincts ahead of reasoning. There was never one day when I woke up and said “I’m going to be an entrepreneur!” I sort of followed what I enjoyed doing and then realized I could make a business out of it. People become entrepreneurs for different reasons. Mine is simply following what I love. The term “entrepreneur” is so very broad, and I guess I’m one of those people who fall under the umbrella now. It truly is humbling because there is so much more to learn.
What does entrepreneurship mean to you? Let’s chat in the comments below.