During the month of November I’ve been trying to reflect on gratitude and write a post about the topic at least once a week. Last week’s post, Spend Less Time Counting Your Blessings & More Time Checking Your Privilege was a bit of a thinker for a lot of people and this week I’m going in a totally different direction too!
I’m grateful for so many things about my entrepreneurship journey….the people I’ve met, that fact I’m able to follow my dreams and pursue this business, my support network, the places The Honest Consumer has led me, and so much more. Growing a business is such a journey. From the start I’ve been trying to make a point to build real relationships with brands I work with. And I’m telling you it’s SO important. When I first launched The Honest Consumer as a sophomore in college, I made it a point to talk to all the business owners on the phone or in person. This has been so beneficial in building honest business relationships. As my business has grown and expanded I’ve had quite a few questions, pivots, & errors. I’m so grateful that there are people in my business network that I can call upon.
When I expanded out into Give a Damn Goods Wholesale, I had quite a few pivots and a slow start (I’m still trying to learn wholesale). The brands in our wholesale catalog have been incredibly flexible and supportive. It means a lot and it makes for a much more pleasant entrepreneurial journey when there is an emphasis on community and transparency. I’m incredibly grateful that my brand partners have been flexible and willing to be on this journey with me.
I have so much gratitude for all of the social entrepreneurs I work with. It’s hard work and I don’t think people realize just how hard some of these brands work to 1) Keep their businesses above water & 2) Make a positive social impact. Running your own business is a lot of work and building honest relationships is something you have to do intentionally because it takes time. It’s something I don’t think can be done solely over e-mails & social media. Yes, you can make great connections over social media, but there’s something so meaningful about continuous conversation and the act of getting to know someone. I find so much joy in meeting my online social entrepreneur friends & followers in real life! I think it’s so fun to see the impact of this conscious community.