When I started Chloe Jane Candle Co a little over a year ago, I didn’t intend to be an entrepreneur or a business nomad- the thought of organising, planning and having such vast responsibility would have made me pee my pants if I’d stopped to think about it- luckily, it’s grown really organically and I haven’t had a chance to! Here are some of the sweet pearls of wisdom that I’ve picked up along the way;
Trust your gut.
If you’re feeling a little off about something, there’s probably a reason for it. It might be a stockist who mentions that they’d prefer not to pay you until the following month’s payment day (if you’re giving goods to someone wholesale, they’re giving you money- that’s how it works in life.) or a deal that seems too good to be true. You might not be a guru yet, but it’s the simple things that will get you there.
Sometimes things don’t go to plan, and as tempting as it might be to have a melt down, move to Guatemala and become a hermit, the sooner you realise that these things happen and you take it as a reason to shake things up and make a change the better.
Network, network, network!
You’ve heard the phrase “it’s all about who you know”, right? No matter what industry you’re a part of, this is so true. Meeting likeminded people could not only score you some awesome business opportunities- whenever they need what you have to offer, who they gonna call?- it’s also a wonderful way to make new friends who are on the same page as you!
Appreciate the beauty of what you love.
You’ll almost certainly have to give a few things up while you’re chasing your dream, but it’s super important not to forget what makes you happy. It might be taking some time out once a week to have dinner with your friends. It might be catching the sunset as often as you can. It might be bubble baths, or cheesy reality TV, or hanging out with your mum- whatever it is, it will make you a more balanced person all round, which you’ll see reflected in your work instantly.
Never stop dreaming.
If you aim for heights that are easy to reach, you’ll feel thrilled really quickly which is great- however if you’re willing to jump and try to soar, that thrill will feel ten times as good. That’s not only true for the first few months or years of doing your own thing, for as long as you’re working, dream just as hard.
Trust the timing of your life. Everything happens for a reason, and I believe that whether it takes you a month or a decade, you’re going to kill it. Any questions? firstname.lastname@example.org is always open for questions and comments!
Chloe Jane x