The Struggles of Being Sick as a Small Business Owner

Today after another day of sleeping all day, binge watching Riverdale, and eating chicken noodle soup I’m left feeling anxious. Anxious about getting being behind on my work, wondering how long before I feel 100% (it’s already been a week), and that urge of wanting to something, but having the energy to do nothing at all. Even though I physically stepped away from my business to allow my self the healing needed….mentally I can’t shut it off. Endless to-do lists I make in my head while laying in bed. Glimpsing at my inbox every once in a while to make sure there is nothing urgent…only to be overcome with a sense of anxiety to the never ending amount of e-mails I haven’t responded to. My web traffic and social number dropping. And the stress of not evening knowing where to begin diving in when the time comes to jump back in.

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"You Don't Have to Know What You're Doing, You Just Have to Start."

Recently I saw a graphic on an entrepreneurship page that said, “You don’t have to know what you’re doing, you just have to start.” I’ve been obsessed with this graphic. When I started The Honest Consumer….I certainly didn’t know what I was doing or where the journey would take me. And three years later….confession I still don’t really know what I’m doing. And that’s okay. TBH most people don’t have their shit together…even if they appear to.

People often act like I have my shit together and know what I’m doing because I own a business. When it’s actually quite the opposite…..having a business makes me feel so much less put together and clueless. Every day is different and I don’t know what the day is going to throw my way. Somedays are hard…very hard. Somedays I want to quit. But I show up.

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Pushing Through The Entrepreneur Burnout

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life….right? Myth busted. Entrepreneurship seems to be really glorified these days. Social media makes running a business appear easy, makes it seem common for an overnight success story, and fails to shine a light on a lot of entrepreneur's failures before success. The reality is entrepreneurship is hard as hell, not for the faint of heart, and the entrepreneur burnout is a serious side effect.

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Hello Again from the Overcommitted Entrepreneur

After a busy week filled with travel & three vendor fairs for Give a Damn Goods….I’m back…and exhausted. You may have noticed I was offline for a few days partly because I was incredibly busy and partly because I needed a break from the online world. Running online based businesses can consume you in the internet life, so it was nice to step away and really connect with Give a Damn Goods customers in person. However, while doing this I definitely overcommitted….three vendor fairs in one week was too much.

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Connecting Customers to Their Products Through Stories

While Fashion Revolution Week is coming to an end, I’ve spent the last few days connecting customers to the stories behind products at a vendor fair for Give a Damn Goods. Shoutout to my supportive mama for helping me with this one! It’s always nice to get out from behind the computer and be able to share the stories of products through conversation because you never know where the conversation will lead. One of the many joys of running Give a Damn Goods is seeing the lightbulb moment customers have when they are intrigued by the story behind a product.

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Why I LOVE Working With Small Businesses

Shopping small and local is a great way to take part in socially responsible shopping, ethical fashion, and mindful living. Don’t be afraid to reach out to brands and get to know who you’re buying from. One of my favorite ways to do this is by going to local vendor and craft fairs.

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The Ultimate Relationship Test: Owning a Small Business

If you really want to know if someone is “the one” launch a business. ;) Owning a small business can turn into something that is financially and mentally consumes you and having a supportive partner is incredibly important. Whether you’re launching the business together, on your own, growing a small business can make or break a relationship. If you don’t have the moral and financial support of your partner this can cause strain on your relationship, mental health, and impact the success of your business.

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Lose a Bunch of Instagram Followers? You're Part of The Great Instagram Crisis of 2019

If you haven’t already heard by now…there is an Instagram crisis. Influencers, celebrities, and many other Instagram accounts have lost a decent chunk of followers the past two days due to a bug. For me, I lost a few hundred followers which sadly took away the 10K I worked so hard to finally reach, but mine was minor compared to some of the other accounts that lost thousands.

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2019 New Year's Resolutions from a Small Business Owner

Another year has come and gone. I learned a lot in my first year as an official small business and I’m excited to take all the lessons learned into 2019 and continue to grow. These are a few of my entrepreneurial new years resolutions for 2019. I’m hoping that by writing them on the blog maybe I’ll be able to hold myself accountable!

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4 Ways to Support Small Businesses Without Spending a Dime

I think all small business owners want the support of their friends and family. But at the same time we don’t want our loved ones to feel pressured to support us financially by constantly purchasing our products or services. There are many ways to show your support for small businesses without spending a dime!

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How Did You Get So Good at Social Media?

How did you get so good at social media? This is a question I get ALLLL the time. A lot of people my age are going into marketing, communications, and social media management fields, so I get this question from students, friends, family, and small business owners probably at least once a week. The answer is pretty straight forward. I just did it.

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The Honest Truth About Holiday Gift Guides

If you haven’t already checked out the 2018 Ethical Holiday Gift Guide and the 12 Days of Shopping Socially Responsible, PLEASE do so! I worked really hard to create these resources for our conscious community. The truth about gift guides is they are actually pretty tricky to make. I love doing the research and creating these resources for you all! Hopefully you find them useful! Here are a few confessions about the tedious process of making gift guides!

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Reminders & Reflections from the 2018 Fair Trade Fashion Show

Back in November I had the honor of attending the Fair Trade Fashion Show in Los Angeles. It took me about a month, but I’m finally sitting down and reflecting. The Fair Trade Fashion Show was a magical event. It was wonderful to see so many fashion activists, change-makers, and creatives in one place. f

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Finding Focus During the Holidays as a Creative

Lately I’ve been struggling to find steady focus. There are so many things that need to be done around this time of year. Between working to write content for The Honest Consumer, fulfilling orders for Give a Damn Goods, starting to plan our sustainable wedding, and all the holiday shopping and festivities, I’ve been struggling to keep up.

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Small Business, Anxiety, & E-mails

Any other small business owners struggle with anxiety? E-mail can be tricky for me….I tend to take everything personally and overthink every little thing. Often times people make entrepreneurship look glamorous and for me, and so many, it’s a battle everyday. Balancing work, personal life, & mental health is incredibly hard. Some days are hard and that’s okay. 

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Everyday is a Day to Celebrate Small Businesses

Happy Small Business Saturday! What a day to celebrate creatives, entrepreneurs, innovators, change-makers, and risk takers!

Running a small business is quite the journey. The day to day tasks present joys, challenges, and struggles. You never know what the day will throw at you. Small business owners wear a lot of different hats…typically more than they’d like to. They play the role of manager, content creator, accountant, graphic designer, web management, social media management, and so much more...all in a days work. Spoiler…most days I have no idea what I’m doing or how to play 90% of the roles I have to play, but overtime I’ve learned to go with the flow with a “fake it til you make it” mentality.

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Let Go & Let Life: A Full Circle Journey

Sometimes the universe knows your path better than you do and puts you in the right place at the right time, surrounds you with the right people, and presents you with opportunities you didn’t even know you needed. That’s how it’s been for me. It’s funny to see the pieces come together for me. And I feel very fortunate and blessed. I’m at that uncomfortable age where half my friends are still trying to figure it out which is 100% OKAY! People think you have to have it all figured out and that’s NOT it! Embrace the journey and let the universe take control…you never know where it will take you. As an anxious control freak I know that’s easier said than done , but if this little story I’m about to tell isn’t full circle…I don’t know what is.

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Instagram Rant & What Entrepreneurs Can Learn

Don’t get me wrong I love Instagram. It’s really helped me grow The Honest Consumer community and for that I’m thankful, but lately I’ve been chatting with some other small business owners and the latest algorithm changes have really got us beat down. Our likes and interactions don’t match up with the amount of followers because we’re not paying to play. I think it’s really sad. Instagram was, at one point in time, a tool for small businesses to grow, but now it’s another pay-to-play social media.

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3 Ways to Support The Honest Consumer

This post may seem self centered, haha, but quite often I get people asking how they can show their support. Honestly it means a lot. I’m not at a point where I can take a steady salary yet, so support from followers is greatly appreciate. Not necessarily financial support, but spreading the word really helps grow our community!

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