Before I decided to open my own business, I had been working in Retail. I have worked in many big British retailers and I've spend hours and hours in fitting rooms, assist real women (with real body shapes/instead of celebrities) finding clothes that fit them perfectly. And honestly, I loved every minute of it. It gave me such a great satisfaction to be part of this amazing experience and make these women feel confident! When you work in a high street retailer you have the opportunity to come across women from different socio-economic backgrounds, different body shapes and in different stages of their lives. Some, are looking for a new outfit for a job interview, others feel a bit overwhelmed after the birth of their first child and they are eager for a new wardrobe. So, it's extremely challenging and rewarding.
Without further ado here are the lessons I have learned:
1. Open a business in an industry that you already know. Or at least have some insight. Passion is absolutely the biggest motivator when opening a business. Without passion you won't persist when the sales are not up, or when something goes terribly wrong.
2. Do not assume that because you are a professionaleverybody else is too. Meet with graphic designers, developers, suppliers etc...and ask, ask, ask questions. No shame about that!
3. Do not prepay!!! I cannot over emphasize this. When someone delivers and you're happy, then pay. There are lots of people out there that will promise you the sun and the moon but won't deliver.
10. If you work from home sometimes it will be lonely but also easier to schedule a meeting with a friend as you're your own boss.
These are the most important things I wish someone had advised me before I started the business. It will be challenging but totally satisfying and super rewarding.
If I could go back, I would still take the plug and do it!!!
Let me know if you're thinking of opening a new business.
...to be continued...