This is going to be a rambly post, but I’m really excited to just sit and write it and update my audience. You are going to need a cuppa (and biscuits) to get through this! Sometimes I feel like my blog is detached from my business, but in reality they are very merged… and I want to show that more. Plus one of my biggest requests whenever I ask for blog post ideas is to talk more about the business side of things, so I’m thinking of doing these every 6 months to sum up where the shop has been in the last 6 months, and the plan for the following 6 months. I think it would be good for me to look back on in years to come, and equally good for you to see more of a business chat. Im currently sat on a train and feeling inspired to write, I don’t have a plan but I hope that I will get across what I’m trying to say.
I think the main thing I wanted to say is that I’m happy. I always said that my blog is the best thing I have ever done. To an extent it still is, as my blog caused my business, but my business is the best decision I have ever made. I put it off for so long and the only regret I have is that I didn’t start it sooner. It is genuinely my baby and I am just so proud of it, and how far it has come in just 6 months blows my mind. Its been a crazy journey and I forget that I’m only 18… I don’t give myself enough credit, and I definitely need to work on viewing myself in a more positive light as I do work harder than most.
Ill be honest, I didn’t expect as much work as what there actually is. It is difficult to manage, and I’m spinning another plate on top of uni and the blog, but I love being busy and it is the best thing for me… plus I LOVE IT. I can’t express how much I adore running a business, and the last 6 months has made me realise that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I don’t want to be constrained… I want to be graduated and working for myself… doing it for myself. I have fallen in love with the lifestyle that my hard work now is paving the way for in the future, and I hope I can graduate knowing that I can go full time and be absolutely fine.
I don’t want to go on about it too much as I feel like I am rambling, but I am genuinely so interested in what I do. I’m always learning new things along the way and coming across new challenges. Especially financial things, running a business is something you just have to do and this past 6 months has taught me that business A level taught me nothing! I am in such a fortunate position as my grandparents have a history of running their own businesses so they have been able to help with practical tips and advice (and my hundreds of questions) but honestly it does have its challenges, but I’m learning as I go along. I can’t wait until I can focus more time on it over the summer and actually feel like its not always my second priority behind university!
Its still surreal seeing people wearing them, both in real life and on photos. People often say to me ‘what is your favourite thing about running a business?’ and I always say that. Seeing people loving them, sending me their confirmation emails and generally getting exciting to receive something that I have created. I see every order, I do all the packaging etc myself so seeing people wearing an order that I hand wrapped and sent to them is such a nice feeling. Plus people have created some amazing makeup with my lashes- especially when people have made looks based on my packaging and logo… what a compliment that is.
I think on a more personal level, I just want to thank people for giving me so much more confidence over the past 6 months. My growth online has always been slow and steady and I have never experienced support like I have this year. Its given me the confidence to say that I can do anything and people will support me thanks to the little community I have built up on this site… people sharing and liking my page (even people I haven’t spoken to in years), buying my products and all round supporting me. It blows my mind! Like I said earlier, I am a one man band and therefore see everything, so I am aware of the amount of people that do support me in everything I do, know that I see you and I will definitely be treating you!
This brings me onto my next point, which is my hometown. I live in a small town and just have to reference the crazy support that all of the girls have given me this past 6 months. I am the first to admit that I have never been the most popular person in the world, I’ve never been in a big ‘girl group’ or hung around the coolest kids, but you know what? The amount of people that I never thought would (because we have never spoken, or they were ‘popular’ at school) have come out and openly supported me. I know you don’t need people to make you feel validated, but it has made me realise that I am somewhat respected a lot more than I ever thought I would have been. Who knew that the ‘nerd’ in the corner in year 10 would go on to do all of this! Obviously I am university so haven’t been on a night out since my lashes launched, but I went on a night out Easter Sunday and I had 5 people come over and chat/congratulate me on my lashes… it genuinely blows my mind.
Before I end this post, I have one last thing that I wanted to address. I have had a handful of people message me over the past 6 months telling me that they want to start a business but are too nervous or don’t know where to start. If you are reading this and want to start a business- please do it! Its a lot of hard work and commitment but if you want to do it then nothing will stop you. It is the most rewarding experience that I have had and I have learnt so much already, just in the first 6 months. If its something you would love to do in the future- what is stopping you doing it today?
This has been such a happy post, and thats because on the whole its been an incredibly happy 6 months. So whats happening in the next 6 months? Im going to spend the summer working on Indigo Rosee Beauty full time, then go back to university in October with *hopefully* my next non-lash launch planned out, and also some exciting limited edition Christmas things in the pipeline. I can’t wait to just expand and grow and develop more products. I just feel so excited and so happy when I talk about it, and its all because of something I’ve done that makes it so much better. The last 6 months have been one crazy adventure and I can’t wait to see where the next 6 months takes us, as If its anything like the past 6 months we are in for another big ride. Here’s to indigo Rosee beauty!