I have always secretly dreamed of becoming my own boss. I know that sounds crazy to some people. Perhaps I have lost my mind. Becoming your own boss is not for the faint of heart. That is for sure. It takes a lot of hard work and risk to be an entrepreneur. I haven't had much of a problem with the hard work part. In fact, I have more issues with working too hard than not hard enough. That stems, I think, from the way I was raised, with a strong work ethic. I am not and probably never will be much of a risk taker, however. Fortunately for me, I am married to someone who is.
My husband and I began our entrepreneurial journey about five years ago, only one year into our marriage. It was not an easy road and nearly cost us everything including our marriage. We did some things right and a lot of things wrong. What hasn't killed us, however, has made us stronger as the old saying goes. Looking back, I was hesitant to take the risks we took, but I trusted that our young love could conquer all.
One thing we did right was choosing to have our business set up in a local flea market. The flea market where we sell is one of the largest ones in East Tennessee. The competition can be very stiff there, but the school of hard knocks has taught us a lot about how to buckle down, survive and have each others' backs when things get tough. We have also changed direction from the type of products we solid the beginning, which proved to be a good decision.
One thing we did wrong was spending our entire life savings buying out a very over priced existing business in the flea market. In hindsight, we probably would have done much better to buy a different type of business with which we were familiar or build something from the ground up ourselves. Oh well, as they say, hindsight is twenty twenty. Thankfully, we were both able to bring in income from other sources until we were able to get the business to a point of financial stability. I still work a part time job, but we are much further along now than when we first started. Thankfully, we did not have all our eggs in one basket, so to speak.
We still have a lot to learn about swap meets, flea markets and making money being our own bosses. One thing that has served us well through it all, however is an attitude of positivity and persistence even when we felt like giving up.