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.
As a small business owner, I think a lot of people underestimate how hard it can be to manage your time and balance all these acts. A lot of my friends think I’m living the dream, working from home, and doing what I want, when I want to, and while I do have a lot of freedom, it comes at a price. I have to be discipline with my time and responsibilities and it’s so challenging. Something I’m still working on and learning how to do. AND being able to “turn off” work and not think about it at home has been quite the struggle and has impacted my mental health. Honestly, I don’t think we talk about the struggle of being an entrepreneur enough. I think entrepreneurship is very glorified and while it is fun, it’s SO hard.
All this ramble to say being a small business owner is rewarding, but SO tricky. One of the main components, besides passion, that really helps keep me going is THIS amazing community. Our powerful community is incredible! When you all interact with my posts, share with your friends, or reach out it really makes my day knowing that people are using The Honest Consumer as a resource. It’s hard because I put SO much time and dedication into this site and sometimes us small business owners feel like nobody sees our hard work or new content with these silly algorithm changes, SEO, and such. So your participation really means a lot. And with the new addition of Give a Damn Goods, oh my gosh I get so much joy whenever an order comes through because I get so excited people are ordering socially responsible products. It makes me feel like The Honest Consumer is working to educate people on their purchase power and then I can actually see people taking action and voting with their purchases through Give a Damn Goods. It’s honestly so much fun!
With all the different hats and hard work small business owners put in, I believe everyday is a day to support small businesses! It’s so important to vote with your dollar and show your support. As a small business owner your support means the world to my little baby businesses and I know for a fact I’m not the only one. Entrepreneurs feed off the support of their communities, so just know that YOU, as a consumer, follower, and friendly face, hold the power to motivate and encourage small businesses. And I’m not just talking about financially, I’m talking about through social media, word of mouth, and just being on the journey with the business. Celebrate your favorite small businesses today (and everyday) by messaging them a few words of encouragement or purchasing your holiday gifts from them because as you’ve heard before, “When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance.”